February 16, 2012

School District Deficit Turns Into Surplus as Local Tax Revenues Arrive

A month after being $500,000 in the red, the Scotland County R-I School District is now close to $1 million in the black. Superintendent Dave Shalley gave the positive financial news to the board of education at the Monday, February 6th meeting.

"We reported last month we were running at a $500,000 deficit, which was normal for that time of year," stated Shalley. "School districts receive revenues from local tax in January to offset such deficits."

He told the board that this month, with the local revenues received, the district is now at a $907,933 surplus.

"This surplus appears large, but will dwindle throughout the remainder of the fiscal year, as the local revenues come to a halt and the district meets its financial obligations," he stated.

The financial report revealed that comparing year-to-date data, revenues are $264,610 ahead of last year and expenditures are $76,155 over the spending marks at this time last year.

"Due to possible withholdings from the State and current underfunding, we will need to continue to watch our revenues and expenditures," Shalley told the board.

In other business, the board voted 7-0 to approve the following items on the consent agenda: Regular Meeting Minutes from January 12th; Approval of Policy GBH regarding Staff/Student Relations.

Resignation

The board voted 7-0 to accept, with regret, Tamera Harker's letter of resignation from her position as cook.

Bills

Due to the board meeting date change, the board adopted a resolution to pay any remaining February bills to prevent possible late fees.

Archery Program

Rob Garver, from the Missouri Conservation Commission, presented a program on Missouri National Archery in Schools Program (MoNASP). The program is taught during the regular curriculum, often in P.E. classes, with equipment purchased through grant opportunities. Mr. Garver trains the instructors and provides support for the programs. Currently, 14 area schools participate in the program.

Computer Lab

With Map testing and end-of-course exams moving away from paper/pencil tests to electronic, the district needs to upgrade the existing computer lab to accommodate the testing.

"We have not upgraded or added a large number of computers in four years," Shalley stated.

The board voted 7-0 to expand the lab in the high school using a thin client computer that will save space and energy, as well as meet the testing needs. The initial costs will be $27,000, plus the needed wiring and switches.

Overnight Request

The Art Club requested permission to arrange an overnight trip to Chicago on April 14th. The club will take the train from Macomb to Chicago and return April 15th. The board voted 7-0 to approve the trip.

Summer School

The board voted 7-0 to again offer a locally sponsored summer school program.

The district's previous summer school provider, Newton, proposed an option that provided transportation, incentives and supplies. The cost for this would have depended on total hours of attendance, which in turn generates state aid, but would also divert several thousand dollars out of the district.

Executive Session

The board entered into Executive Session and assigned the varsity track coach position to Troy Carper and assigned assistant baseball coaching duties to Keith Smith, who will replace Andy Mallett.

The board offered a part-time cook position to LaDica Wittstock.

The contract of high school principal Ryan Bergeson was extended to June, 2014.

The board agreed to advertise for a part-time, early childhood aide.

The board offered a two-year, elementary principal's contract to Denise Hudson of Hannibal. Hudson declined the offer. The board reconvened on Thursday, February 9th, at 4:00 p.m. to continue the hiring process.

The Scotland County R-1 School Board met in Special Session February 9th, with five members present. Fred Clapp participated by phone and Dr. Tobler was absent.

The board voted 6-0 to offer the elementary principal position to Nathan Pippert, at a salary of $62,000, for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 school years.

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