May 17, 2012

National School Lunch Program Requiring SCR-I to Raise Prices

The Scotland County R-I Board of Education met in regular session on Wednesday, May 9th, 2012, at 5:00 p.m. President George Koontz called the meeting to order with five members present. Matt McKee arrived at 5:55 p.m. Gary Miller was absent.

In order to be in compliance with changing federal guidelines, the board agreed to increase prices for school lunches by 10 cents for the 2012-13 school year.

"We are again forced to raise the school lunch prices, in order to meet the requirement of the National School Lunch Program and USDA," said Superintendent Dave Shalley.

The new lunch prices will be $1.75 for students in grades 7-12 and $1.65 for elementary students. Adult prices will be $2.15.

K-12 breakfast will also raise ten cents to $1.30.

The meals' prices represented a small piece of the budget pie, which was revealed by Shalley to the board.

"We reviewed very preliminary numbers for the 2012-13 fiscal year," Shalley said following the meeting. "Using best-guess estimates for local, state and federal revenue sources, total revenues would be $4,763,133, which is down about $216,039 from last year."

The superintendent noted that the majority of the shortfalls are from state revenues, with projections being very low, due to the fact state legislators have not agreed on a budget for the fiscal year.

The district's preliminary budget offered total expenses projected at $5,482,219.

"This is down $20,000 from the budgeted amount last year," Shalley noted.

The preliminary budget review projects a shortfall of $719,086.

"Our current balances rest at 40%, which is above the targeted 17%," Shalley stated. "We will continue to review the budget, as more information becomes available, in an effort to reduce the projected deficit."

While next year's budget produced some gloomy numbers, the superintendent's financial update for May was much brighter for the district.

Shalley reported that, while revenues are slowing to a halt as the fiscal year end approaches, the current surplus of revenue over expenses to $620,201 year-to-date.

"We have two months left in the current fiscal year and several outstanding expenditures," he noted. "This will reduce the surplus dramatically before year's end."

Lawn Mower Bids

In other business, the board reviewed lawn mower bids from The Farm Shop, The Garden Spot, Ruth Enterprises and IMI Equipment.

The board voted 5-0 to accept the low bid of $4,040, with trade, from The Farm Shop in Edina for a 29 HP Exmark, 72" cut, zero-turn radius, mower.

Bus Bids

The district received one bid for a used bus for $975 from Neill McKee. The board voted 5-0 to accept the bid

Resignations

The board voted 6-0 to accept, with regret, the resignation of Jaryt Hunziker, physical education instructor and girls' basketball coach. The board voted 6-0 to accept the resignation of Jamie Hicks, 5-12 band and 7-12 chorus instructor.

Personal Day

The board voted 6-0 to approve a personal day request from Terri Bulen.

Sub List

The board voted 6-0 to update the substitute teacher list.

June Meeting

The next regular board meeting will be held Wednesday, June 20, at 6:30 p.m.

Executive Session

The board entered into executive session and unanimously approved the following partial list of coaching assignments for 2012-13:

Athletic Director, Marc Colvin; Varsity Softball Coach, Kim Small; Assistant varsity softball, Don Miller; junior high softball, Lance Campbell; assistant junior high softball, Faith Ann Miller; assistant varsity Football, Troy Carper and Mike Hyde; junior high football, Troy Carper; varsity boys basketball, Lance Campbell; junior high girls basketball, Gary Hunziker; junior high assistant boys basketball, Lance Campbell; junior high track, Kim Small; junior high track, Lance Campbell; varsity and JV golf, Dave Shalley varsity/JV baseball, Daniel Burns; varsity football cheerleading, Kara Hamlin; varsity basketball cheerleading, Tina Olakowski; poms, Marie Brown.

The board voted 6-0 to go into open session for the purpose of adjournment.

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