July 6, 2006
School Board Approves Three-Percent Raise For All SCR-I District Employees
The Scotland County R-I Board of Education met in regular session on Thursday, June 26 with all seven members present. President, George Koontz, called the meeting to order. The board considered two items under the consent agenda, one item under old business and six items under new business.
The consent agenda included approval of the minutes from the June 8th, 2006 meeting and approval of the MSBA updates as prepared by MSBA. The board voted 7-0 to approve the consent agenda.
The teacher’s salary committee prepared a proposal for employee compensation for the next fiscal year. Following a review of all information available and a report from the board’s salary committee, the board voted 7-0 to increase the total compensation for all employee salaries by 3% for the next fiscal year.
“The new salary schedule helps us make progress toward the salary requirements of Senate Bill 287,” stated Superintendent Dave Shalley.
The board also approved a revised extra duty schedule which provides incentives for longevity in the district and an increase in substitute bus driver pay from $15.00 per trip to $25.00 per trip.
Per section 165.011 RSMo, DESE eliminated the .06/.18 revenue transfers and replaced them beginning in the 2001-2002 year with a transfer authority that is the greater of:
1. The prior year GTB (referred to as the GTB Transfer), or
2. Nine percent of the district’s Basic Formula Line 1 entitlement calculation of the preceding school year (referred to as the Line 1 Transfer).
The full amount of the transfer may now be made in each fiscal year without the previous requirement that the transfer could not exceed the adjusted capital outlay expenditures if the district was in compliance with the certificated salary requirements in Section 165.016, RSMo in the preceding year. Shalley noted this basically means that the fund balance may now increase due to the transfer.
The full transfer may be made to build a balance in the Capital Projects Fund only if approved by a resolution of the school board, which identifies the specific capital projects to be funded by the transferred funds and an estimated expenditure date.
Section 165.011 also changed the method of calculating the maximum amount that can be expended from the Incidental Fund for Classroom Instructional Capital Outlay.
The amount expended in the Incidental Fund for classroom instruction capital outlay will be subtracted from the greater of the GTB or 9% of the prior year’s Basic Formula Line 1 entitlement calculation to determine the amount that can be transferred to the Capital Projects Fund. There may be exceptions to this subtraction if a district has an existing lease purchase agreement that is grandfathered in.
The board approved a resolution by a 7-0 vote to transfer $200,000 from the incidental fund to the capital projects fund for specified future projects, which will be designed to maintain and improve the physical and educational operations of the school. This transfer was within the parameters of the amount DESE had determined available for the district to use as a transfer.
It is required by law that the board passes a resolution, which states that the budget for expenditures for a fiscal year be amended to match actual expenditures in each over spent line for the year. The board voted unanimously to adopt the over expenditure resolution.
Lawn Mower Bid
The board voted 7-0 to accept bids for the purchase of a lawn mower for the district grounds. Koontz appointed a committee of Gary Miller, Stacy Westhoff, Scott Brassfield, Dennis Robertson and Shalley to review the mowers and bids. Bids will be due in the Superintendent’s Office by 12:00 noon on July 12th.
The budget for the upcoming fiscal year 2006-2007 was presented to the board for their approval.
Shalley informed the board that the budget is projecting a deficit of $147,795. This anticipated deficit will be partially accounted for through the district’s balances, which will be used to support the shortfall between projected revenues and expenses.
“When the budget was being developed a review of past budgets and projections from local staff and DESE official projections were utilized to draft the document,” Shalley stated. “The deficit budget will gradually draw down the district balances to the targeted 17% as encouraged by the legislature.”
After a period of appropriate discussion, the board voted 7-0 to approve the new budget as presented.
Bus Bid Options
District Transportation Director Dennis Robertson asked that the district advertise for bids for a new bus for the 2006-07 fiscal year. This is usually done in the spring of the year.
“We have been informed of a coming price increase and new emissions requirements that could drive the price of the buses up by as much as $6,000,” Shalley stated. “It is our hope that by bidding this now we can avoid the increase.”
The board voted 7-0 to advertise for bids for a new bus. Koontz appointed a committee of Dave Kirkpatrick, Doug Shalley, Paul Campbell, Robertson and Dave Shalley to review bids.
The board voted 7-0 to extend the agreement with the Bank of Kirksville for the district’s depository services for one additional year. The extension includes an increase in interest from 3.12 percent to 4.12 percent.
In Executive Session the board voted 7-0 to approve the minutes of the June 8th board meeting and to offer the part-time cook position to Jenny Aldridge.