BAKER — The Baker School Board approved a 2011-12 operating budget based on $16.9 million in projected general fund revenue.

School system Business Manager Sidney Stewart told board members during their meeting Tuesday night some $12 million in revenue would be provided by the state Minimum Foundation Program.

The amount of MFP the Baker school system receives is determined by the number of students enrolled, Stewart said.

The School Board also receives revenue from sales and use taxes and property taxes, Stewart said.

Salaries and fringe benefits account for 83 percent of the expenditures budget, he said.

The rest of the revenue goes for property and professional services, supplies, equipment and miscellaneous, Stewart said.

“It has been a difficult year with the governor cutting $785,000 from our MFP,” interim Superintendent Ulysses Joseph said.

“We did not anticipate teacher retirements or the increase in fuel prices and we stopped short of laying people off,” he said.

A Baker High School teacher, Jay Steiner, asked how the budget would affect employee stipends.

“Stipends are a supplement,” Joseph replied. “If things look better than they do now, then supplements will be given.

“They were $1,000 a semester. We may give $800 the first semester and $1,200 to make up at the end of the year.”

The board has not discussed or ruled out supplements, board Vice President Elaine Davis added.

Supplements are an addition to the budget, and staff will receive step pay increases, board President Dana Carpenter said.

Other matters coming before the board included:

MAGNET GUIDELINES: Requirements for continued enrollment at Park Ridge Academic Magnet School were reviewed.

To remain in good standing, a student must maintain a cumulative grade-point average of at least 2.5 and a grade of at least C in reading, mathematics and conduct. If these requirements are not met, a student is returned to his or her home school the next school year.

Five faculty and support staff members make up a standards review committee and an appeal procedure is in place.

The magnet school guidelines were approved with one no vote by board member Doris Alexander.