About $57 million of those reserves have very specific uses, and cannot be used for projects outside those designated uses. The general fund, which can be more flexible, has around $15 million in reserve, an excess of 16.5% of what is budgeted for the 2016-2017 school year. In 2009, the citizen finance committee recommended that 12% is ideal. Last year's priority was "people over paint" but with a new Superintendent and two new school board members, the board could see a change in direction. Appropriate uses for the reserve funds will be decided through school board and public meetings over the next school year.
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