July 1, 2004

SCR-I Board Balances Budget For Seventh Straight Year

Stretching dollars to make ends meet Ė that is what the Scotland County R-I School District has done the past six years and is planning to do once again for the 2004-05 school year.

The Scotland County R-I Board of Education voted 7-0 to approve the proposed budget for the upcoming school year. The budget forecasts a $46,317 balance.

ďThis budget is a conservative projection, which is required in these uncertain economic times,Ē Superintendent LeRoy Huff stated. ďThe new budget has been balanced based on no increase in the tax levy.Ē

The budget was developed by the school administration by reviewing past budgets in conjunction with revenue projections established by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

The balanced budget for next year will include a pay raise for all faculty members. The board voted 7-0 to increase compensation for all employee base salary schedules by 3.28 percent for the next fiscal year.

Ken Cross presented the proposal from the teachersí salary committee to the board at the June meeting. Members also received a report from the boardís salary committee.

The board agreed to try to address a problem identified by the districtís long range planning committee back in 2001. The board approved a motion to solicit bids for tuck pointing of the North Elementary School Building.

ďMany of the bricks are beginning to show signs of age and are in need of repair,Ē Huff stated. ďThis has been a problem since 2001 when the deterioration of some of the brickwork on the exterior walls was brought to our attention.Ē

Bids for the project will be due by July 28 in the Superintendentís Office.

Building Use Fees

Following a review of the current fee structure charged to groups or organizations, the Board voted 7-0 to raise rental fees for building use. Currently the fee for non-profit groups to use the gym is $10. That fee will be raised to $30 or $50 if the kitchen is used. Organizations that are identified as for profit will now be assessed a minimum fee of $200 for use of a portion of the building with an escalating charge for additional space in the building for the activity or event.

School Lunches

The prices for school breakfast and lunches will increase 15 cents next year. The board voted 6-1 to authorize the price increase. The price for extra milk was raised from 20 cents to 25 cents per carton by a 7-0 vote. The price increase was recommended by Food Services Director Terry Arnold based on cost increases incurred by the district for food prices.

Student breakfasts will now cost $1.05 with the adult breakfast cost raised to $1.30. Grade school lunches will now cost $1.40 while high school lunches will cost $1.45. The adult lunch price rose to $1.90.

Milk, Bread Bids

Two bids were received for both the milk and bread services for the 2004-05 school year. After considering the proposals the board voted 7-0 to award the bread bid to Wonder Hostess. A bid was also received from Sara Lee. The milk bid was awarded to Prairie Farms Dairy over the bid from Anderson Erickson.

Booster Club

Booster Club President Chris Harris presented a written proposal for an expansion of the schoolís weight room. The board reviewed the proposal but voted 7-0 to table the issue awaiting more detailed plans.

Resignation

Chris Dunham, junior high and high school Spanish instructor, submitted a letter of resignation to the board at the June meeting. In her letter, Dunham informed the board of her plans to travel to Spain and Latin America to immerse herself in the Spanish culture. The board thanked Dunham for her seven years of service to the district and voted 7-0 to release her from her contract following the districtís employment of a suitable replacement.

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