October 20, 2011

SCR-I Board of Education Amends Budget to Reflect $50,000 State, Federal Shortfalls

The Scotland County R-I Board of Education met in regular session on Thursday, October 13, 2011. President Gary Miller called the regular meeting to order at 4:00 p.m., with five members present. Dr. Tobler and Fred Clapp were absent.

The board voted 5-0 to approve the following items on the consent agenda:

Minutes from September 15, 2011 meeting

Updated Sub List

Procedural Evaluations - Extra Curricular- Marc Colvin; Secondary Curriculum and Secondary Instructional Effectiveness - Ryan Bergeson; Elementary Instructional Effectiveness - and Elementary At-Risk - Rhonda McBee; Secondary At-Risk - Brent Bondurant; Professional Development - Tom O'Donnell and Julie Wickert; Secondary Vocational - Ryan Bergeson.

Surplus Property Bids

The board voted 5-0 to accept bids from Brandon Monroe for $30 for palm pilots and $20 for 2-way radios.

Amend Budget

The board agreed to amend the district's budget to reflect new accounting codes adopted by the state and to update revenue projections to reflect the shortfall from state revenues.

Revenues requiring changes were Classroom Trust Fund (CTF), which amended to $234,413, down from $242,000 (7,587) and Minimum Guarantee, amended to $1,469.488, down from $1,524,224 ($54,736).

"On the positive side, some of the $54,736 is coming in on the federal side," said Superintendent Dave Shalley.

Federal Stabilization Code 5422 ($40,026) and Code 5424 ($2,223) both had zero dollars budgeted, but were figured in on the Minimum Guarantee, for a reduction of $14,713. This amounts to a total, projected revenue reduction of $22,300.

"We will need to monitor this as the fiscal year progresses," Shalley told the board.

The board voted 5-0 to approve the amendments.

MSBA Conference

George Koontz, Sam Berkowitz and Superintendent Shalley attended the annual MSBA Conference. Topics concerning education, legislation and future expectations were presented during the conference sessions. Each member reported on topics of interest.

Overnight Trip

The board voted 5-0 to approve FFA's overnight request to attend National Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana, October 19-22.

Review AYP

The board reviewed the final AYP for both the district and each individual building. AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress) is defined by No Child Left Behind and is based annually on student performance on exams in communication arts and mathematics. The district's final AYP report can be viewed on the DESE website.

Executive Session

The board voted 4-0-1 to approve the minutes of the September 15th meeting. Mr. Berkowitz, Mr. Miller, Mr. Koontz and Mrs. Davis voted yes. Mr. McKee abstained.

The board voted 5-0 to approve early graduation requests from two students and reduced schedule requests from three students.

President Miller appointed a committee to investigate procedures for early graduation and acceleration of students. The committee consists of George Koontz, Sam Berkowitz, Ryan Bergeson, Brent Bondurant and Dave Shalley.

The next board meeting will be held November 10, 2011, at 7:00 p.m.

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