Meeting roundup

Hinsdale High School District 86 Board

Among other business Aug. 26, board members:

• listened to a presentation from Josh Stephenson, chief financial officer, on the final 2021-22 budget. The plan estimates $124.2 million in revenues and $167.5 million in expenses. If referendum projects are removed from the total, since revenue was received in the previous fiscal year, the $43.4 million deficit becomes a $200,000 surplus. A public hearing on the budget is set for Sept. 16.

• permanently tabled a resolution that would have delegated to Superintendent Tammy Prentiss the authority to make decisions consistent with board policies and directives and state and federal law related to COVID-19 mitigations. Several board and community members objected to the resolution when it was first discussed, saying elected board members should not abdicate their decision-making authority.

• heard a report on the start of the school year. “It was a great accomplishment today to have 2,500-plus students, 300-plus staff members on campus kicking off the start of the school year,” Central Principal Bill Walsh said. “While I couldn’t see smiling faces, you could sense the energy in the building of being back and being together. It was just a great day to be there and I couldn’t be more proud to say I’m principal at Hinsdale Central High School.”