May 20, 2010

Initial Budget for 2010-11 School Year at SCR-I Projects $481,766 Deficit

The district’s $2 million reserve fund will allow the school system to weather the storm created by declining state, federal funding.

The Scotland County R-I Board of Education met in regular session on Thursday, May 13, 2010.

Superintendent Dave Shalley presented the board with a preliminary budget based on revenues reflecting a local tax rate of $3.36, using the 2009-10 assessed valuation of $47,739,205 and figuring an eight percent reduction in state Formula dollars. Shalley pointed out that federal dollars will see a decline, as well.

The budget projected revenue totals of $5,114,516. Expenditures included the district’s portion of career ladder, but no step increase in salary and no increase in insurance benefits.

“Operation and maintenance lines did not increase and we have lease-purchased a bus over a three-year period to lessen the burden on the budget,” Shalley said.

Total expenditures were still $5,596,282, resulting in a projected deficit of $481,766.

“We currently have a balance of approximately $2 million to help us through the poor economy, without making major cuts,” Shalley said.

The board voted 7-0 to hold a workshop May 25 to review possible scenarios to reduce the projected deficit. No decisions may be made at the workshop. It is held for discussion purposes only.

In other business, the board was forced to change providers for student accident insurance coverage. Last month, the board voted to offer student accident insurance through an MSBA endorsed program.

“Since that time, I was informed the provider will not offer the student policy, unless we purchase the school’s insurance from them,” Shalley said. “As we already have insurance, the board voted 7-0 to offer student accident insurance through Lawrence E. Smith and Associates.”

Building Trades Bid

In April, the board received a bid on the building trades house of $110,000 from Craig and Lauren Williamson. This bid did not meet the floor bid set by the board. A committee was appointed to negotiate with the Williamsons.

“We received an acceptable bid of $120,000,” Shalley reported of the negotiations.

The board voted 7-0 to approve this bid.

Overnight Trips

The board voted 7-0 to approve an overnight request for the golf team to attend state competition in Springfield. Kasey Dial and Brandon Garnett qualified and will play Monday and Tuesday in Springfield. A request for the track teams to attend the state meet was approved, 7-0. Art Club requested an overnight stay in St. Louis on May 22. The board voted 7-0 to approve the request, as presented.

Press Box

The board voted 7-0 to approve the addition of a press box on the baseball and softball fields, at no cost to the district. Neill McKee will donate the press boxes.

Community Education-

The board voted 7-0 to approve the procedural evaluation as presented. Dr. Tobler had asked this item to be pulled from the Consent Agenda, as members of the Walking Trail attended the meeting. The Walking Trail Club has invited board members and classroom teachers who use the Outdoor Classroom to attend their meetings. This is in an effort to establish common goals for improvements on the Walking Trail and Outdoor Classroom.

The board voted 7-0 to approve the following items on the consent agenda:

Audit Committee- The Audit Committee for 2010-11 will consist of Rhonda McBee, Julie Wickert, Lisa Humes and Tom O’Donnell.

Summer School Staff- The board approved the staff lists as presented by the administration for the 2010 summer school programs.

Race to the Top

The school signed the Race to the Top Memorandum of Understanding in order to participate in the program. All schools have the option of opting out, if Missouri receives approval for the Federal money. But if they do not sign the MOU, they cannot receive the money. The MOU had to be signed by the School Board President, the Superintendent and the President of the local Teacher’s Union. The Teacher’s Union President exercised the option to refuse to sign.

Surplus Property

Outdated, non-working computers were declared surplus property.

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