Reduced revenue and higher expenditures have left Hamburg School District down nearly $872,000 compared to this time last year, according to Finance Director John Spradlin during the Feb. 13 board meeting, but the district is still well in the black.

The employee raises the board budgeted for this year account for a significant portion of the higher expenditures — $130,000. The district’s debt service related to improvements that have been made in recent years also increased by $54,000, Spradlin said.

The bulk of the decline on the balance sheet is less revenue. It makes up $566,000 of the difference between this year and the previous year, he said.