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As state struggles, Collinsville Schools see budget surplus for 3rd straight year

The school district consolidated several positions a few years ago, and it has saved a lot of money. (KTUL)

While schools around the state are struggling for every dollar, Collinsville ended up with a budget surplus for the third year in a row.

Julie Crutchfield is the director of finance, the business office manager and the special services director for Collinsville Public Schools. Having three jobs keeps her busy, but the school district consolidated several positions a few years ago, and it has saved a lot of money.

"We cut our administrative costs pretty significantly when we made those changes," Crutchfield said. "Because our goal has always been to protect the classroom," said Crutchfield.

It seems to be working. The district has even hired eight new employees.

"Which is unheard of in this time to fill some new positions, but we feel like we can do that," Crutchfield said.

Before the state budget crisis was front page news, Crutchfield said Collinsville went through some struggles of their own.

"We were a little ahead of the game," Crutchfield said. "Prior to all the revenue failures that have come about."

And there's something else. Collinsville is growing, and that means more tax dollars coming into the district.

"We have a lot of new housing additions going in," Crutchfield said.

Crutchfield says people are starting to figure out what she's known all along: Collinsville is a great place to live.

"It's a hidden secret that we can't keep hidden anymore," she said.

All teachers received a raise, and every employee got a bonus this year. Crutchfield said it's a trend they hope to continue.

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