December 23, 2010

School District Makes Land Purchase for Building Trades Program

The Scotland County R-I Board of Education met in regular session on Monday, December 13, 2010. President Gary Miller called the meeting to order, with all seven members present.

The board commended bus driver Penny Holt for her actions in noticing and reporting a student who became ill on her bus.

The board voted 7-0 to approve the following items on the consent agenda: November Minutes, Updated Substitute List and Professional Services Agreement

Under old business, the board voted 7-0 to amend the 2010-11 budget to reflect updated projections for state revenue. The amended budget reduces the Prop C revenues attributed to sales tax from $469,202 to $457,676.

The Minimum State Guarantee was reduced from $1,604,660 to $1,403,011. Superintendent Dave Shalley explained that $169,716 will come in as ARRA stabilization funds, making the actual reduction $31,933.

The Classroom Trust Fund revenue will show an increase of $50,304. The revenue amendments are adjusted through November and will likely need to be amended again this fiscal year.

"The current amendments leave us with a projected deficit of $434,906," said Shalley." Due to the lack of federal stimulus funds next year and with the state budget projections still in doubt for the next two to three years, we must continue to monitor the budget closely."

In other business, the district agreed to enter into a land purchase agreement. In an effort to continue the Building Trades program, the board voted 7-0 to approve the $15,000 purchase of three lots on Elm Street from Ralph Armstrong.

Board Workshop

Due to a conflict, the board voted 7-0 to reschedule the December 15th workshop for January 31st at 6:30 p.m. The workshop will be held in the elementary art room.

Bus Bids

The district received one bid for the old "tool bus" of $150 from Jim Woods. The board voted 7-0 to accept the bid.

2011-13 Audit Bids

The board voted 7-0 to solicit bids for audit services for the 2011-2013 fiscal years. Bids will be opened at the January board meeting.

Excuse Absences

The board voted 6-0-1 to excuse the absences of Paul Campbell from previous board meetings, due to health reasons. Mr. Campbell abstained.

January Board Meeting

The board voted 7-0 to reschedule the January meeting for January 12, 2011, due to a conflict.

Executive Session

The board entered into executive session at 8:00 p.m. and approved the minutes from the November 11th board meeting by a 6-0 vote.

The board voted 7-0 to offer employment to T.J. Duncan as part-time PE/health instructor.

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