NORMAL--The McLean County Unit Five School District says this year's budget is on par to stay in the black.
Wednesday night, board members approved a fiscal year budget of 138 point four million dollars.
The spending plan covers the district's operating expenses and allows it to hire more teachers.
Last year, late state payments kept unit five from adding new employees.
Recently it received two million of the five million dollars it's owed.
The state is expected to pay the rest this fall.
With the extra money, the district says it can hire enough teachers to keep classroom sizes manageable.