October 21, 2010

Transportation, Formula Funding for SCR-I Down More than $130,000 in 2010

The Scotland County R-I Board of Education met in regular session on Thursday, October 14, 2010. President Gary Miller called the regular meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. with six members present. Paul Campbell was absent.

State and federal funding continues to be a point of concern for the local district as Superintendent Dave Shalley gave a financial report to the board that demonstrated the declining revenues.

"We have received $797,361, or 16 percent, of the budgeted revenue for the 10-11 fiscal year," he told the board. "This is down from the 09-10 year-to-date total of $932,912."

Fortunately for the district, Shalley pointed out that expenses are also significantly down, as the district tightens its belt to offset the funding shortfalls.

Shalley stated year-to-date expenses were $1,025,845.04, down from the 09-10 expenses of $1,233,756.

"At this time, we are at a deficit of $228,483 when comparing revenue to expenses," Shalley said. "This is comparable to the past five fiscal years, when using a cost analysis."

A large portion of the expected deficit can be blamed on funding shortfalls. Shalley stated the district's state transportation funding is projected to be reduced by $58,000, with the state formula funding being reduced by an estimated $78,000.

"Along with reductions in other areas from the state, we will need to continue to carefully monitor our expenses," Shalley told the board.

CSIP

In other business, the board reviewed a portion of the Comprehensive School Improvement Plan (CSIP) for review. No action was required.

Tax Levy

A resolution was adopted by the board per the request of the State Auditor's Office to reflect the district's need to use the 2008 tax rate ceiling for the 2010 tax levy calculations.

The Resolution stated:

Because the Scotland County R-1 School District has received a substantial reduction in state funding, and

Because the district has been informed that state funding will remain low in the next fiscal year, and

Because the board is committed to continue to provide a quality education for the students entrusted to the district, and

Because the district's 2009 tax rate will prevent the district from generating enough revenue to continue necessary and essential services to district students, therefore;

The Scotland County R-1 School District resolves to increase its tax rate to $3.36. This tax rate is an increase from the tax rate set for 2009, but is within the district's legal tax rate ceiling, as approved by the district's voters and as allowed by law.

The board voted 6-0 to adopt the resolution.

Meeting Change

The December board meeting was re- scheduled to Monday, December 13th at 6:30 p.m. Motion carried 6-0.

Overnight Trips

The board voted 6-0 to approve overnight trip requests from DECA, FFA and FCCLA.

Mr. O'Donnell will be taking three students to the Fall Leadership Conference October 17 and 18 at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Mrs. Ketchum will take ten members of the local FCCLA Chapter to St. Louis November 5 and 6 for the National Cluster Meeting.

The FFA Chapter will send nine members to the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana, October 20-23.

Reduced Schedules

The board voted 6-0 to approve two early graduation requests and nine reduced schedules.

Procedural Evaluations

Mrs. McBee prepared the Procedural Evaluation for Elementary Instructional Effectiveness and Mr. Hay presented the Procedural Evaluation for Secondary Instructional Effectiveness. The board voted 6-0 to accept both evaluations and take the recommendations under advisement.

Surplus Property

The board voted 6-0 to declare the school "tool" bus as surplus and to advertise for bids. Bids will be due December13 and opened at the December board meeting.

Executive Session

The board went into executive session at 8:20 p.m.

The board voted 6-0 to approve the minutes of the September 9th meeting. The board voted to go out of closed session and into open session at 9:45 p.m.

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