FAIRBURY - The Fairbury school board approved the school’s budget for the 2019-2020 school year Monday evening.

This year’s operating budget is just over $15.9 million. That’s an increase of over $500,000 from last year. Fairbury Public Schools’ tax request for this year is $12.1 million. That’s down almost $71,000 from the previous year.

The school will also receive just over $101,000 dollars of state aid this year - an increase of about $2,000.

The board discussed some of their overall goals for the year at a retreat back in June. One of those goals, according to superintendent Stephen Grizzle, is to celebrate student and staff achievements more often at board meetings.

"We have students that are doing things at the national level," Grizzle said. "We want to make sure we do a lot to promote that. We have a lot of great things happening at Fairbury Public Schools, and we don't yell that from the mountain tops as well as we should, so that's one thing we're looking to improve.

The board hopes to have another retreat this winter before Christmas.