November 3, 2005

Audit Reveals SCR-I In Strong Financial Condition With $1.7 Million Balance

Funding for education has been a key political issue the past few years as the state’s purse strings have tightened, forcing school districts across the state to pinch pennies. The Scotland County R-I School District proved up for the task, as the SCR-I School Board learned at the October 27th meeting that the district finished the 2004-05 school year in the black.

The district procedural evaluation for finances was presented to the Board and the report from the auditing firm NEMO CPA’s L.L.C. was reviewed. Superintendent Dave Shalley indicated that the audit report was supportive of the district’s work with respect to finances, noting the overall accounting procedures laid down by the district are being adhered to by the personnel within the business office.

The audit concluded that the district fund balances were at $1,787,480.67 as of June 30th, 2005 (see the district financial statement on Page 11).

In the procedural evaluation report it was noted the ending fund balances put the district at 25-percent reserves, which is above the goal for reserve emergencies set by the board six years ago at 17 percent.

The news was good but Shalley warned that the 05-06 budget would likely cut into that balance.

“This year’s deficit budget will draw the balances down,” Shalley told the board. “The finances in Missouri continue to be a concern. Funding for the new formula is uncertain with projections of a zero percent increase next year in state funding and the passage of Amendment 3 which is projected to take another $70 to $80 million from school funding across the state.”

The Board voted 7-0 to accept the district financial procedural evaluation and approved the audit as presented, taking all recommendations from the auditor under advisement.

MSBA Conference

Board member George Koontz gave an evaluation and update of the recent MSBA conference attended by five members of the Board and Superintendent. Doug Shalley and Ellen Aylward were unable to attend this year due to prior commitments. Koontz was the delegate to the Assembly of Delegates. He highlighted for the Board the results of the annual meeting and his remarks included a description of the programs that were available throughout the two-day meeting for those in attendance.

Building Trades House

The building trades house committee established a floor bid for the 2005-06 house and Shalley reported the house was advertised for sale by sealed bid. Bids are due on November 9th at 3:00 p.m.

Job Descriptions

Shalley presented information from a recent MUSIC insurance workshop he attended, where it was suggested school districts add “Safety Sensitive Position” to certain job descriptions, including food service workers, custodians, teachers aides, and instructors. The board reviewed the affected job descriptions and made the necessary adjustments.

“This will meet the new worker’s compensation requirements,” Shalley stated. “We also accepted the updates for the Food Service Director, Head Cook, and the Cook job descriptions.”

The Board voted 7-0 to accept the updates.

Procedural Evaluations

Procedural Evaluations were presented in the areas of extra-curricular activities, district at-risk programs, elementary instructional effectiveness, secondary instructional effectiveness, secondary instructional climate, elementary instructional climate, secondary vocational programs and supplemental programs. The Board voted 7-0 to accept all procedural evaluations as presented and to take the recommendations under advisement.

Early Graduation

A student requested the opportunity to graduate at the end of the first semester. A letter was presented by Brent Bondurant, the guidance counselor, indicating that the individual will have enough credits at the end of the semester. It was the recommendations of the guidance counselor and principal to grant the request pending successful completion of this semester. The vote was 7-0 to grant the request.

January Meeting

The annual M.U.S.I.C. meeting is scheduled in conflict with the SCR-I January board meeting. This meeting provides important information to school districts about their insurance coverage and other legal issues. In order to allow representatives from the school to attend the M.U.S.I.C. meeting, the Board voted 7-0 to change the regularly scheduled meeting of the SCR-I board to January 19th at 6:30.

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