December 20, 2012

Audit Reveals No Significant Deficiencies for School District

The Scotland County R-I Board of Education met in regular session on Monday, December 10, 2012. President George Koontz called the regular meeting to order at 6:30 p.m., with six members present. Dr. Tobler arrived at 7:15.

The board reviewed the annual audit of the district. The audit was conducted by Wade Stables, PC. The audit found no significant deficiencies and Scotland County complied in all material respects on each of its federal programs. The results of the audit have been published in the Memphis Democrat. The board voted 6-0 to approve this audit.

Financial Review

The board reviewed the current financial status of the district. At this time, we have received 28% of the budgeted revenues and have expended 36% of the budgeted expenses. The normal rate after five months is 41%. Year to date, our expenses are $1,976,695.70 and revenues are $1,389,853.68, resulting in a deficit of $586,842.02. This is in the normal range for this time of year. The board voted 6-0 to accept the attached evaluation of the district's finances.

Report on Early Childhood Meeting - The committee is awaiting results from the public needs survey and will review the findings at the next committee meeting, which is December 19th.

E-Rate Contract

The board voted 6-0 to approve a contract with CRW Consultant Services to file E-Rate forms for the district. These forms are necessary in order to receive Universal Service Fund monies, otherwise known as E-rate.

Adopt Resolution

The board voted 6-0 to adopt a resolution asking Congress to avoid the sequestration of federal monies to school districts. The sequestration would cost the Scotland County R-1 District an estimated $50,000, leading to cuts in programs and larger class sizes.

January Meeting

The next board meeting will be held January10th, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. in the elementary art room.

Consent Agenda

The board voted 6-0 to approve the following items on the Consent Agenda:

November 8, 2012, Minutes; Updated Sub List; Updated List of Surplus Property; Sale of Previously Declared Surplus Property; Request for Personal Day Extending Christmas Vacation.

Executive Session

The board voted 6-0-1 (Dr. Tobler abstained) to approve the minutes of the November 8th meeting.

The board voted 6-0-1 (Mr. Clapp abstained) to approve the minutes of the November 29th meeting.

The board voted 7-0 to approve the minutes of the December 3rd meeting.

The board voted 7-0 to approve the minutes of the December 4th meeting.

The board voted 7-0 to approve an early graduation request.

The board voted 7-0 to recommend two students to write the required essay for the MSBA Belcher Scholarship, which will be reviewed by the appointed committee of Trinity Davis, Fred Clapp and Sam Berkowitz. The committee will then select the district's finalist.

The board voted 7-0 to offer the District Superintendent position to Ryan Bergeson with a two year contract, setting a salary of $87,500 for the first year, and the second year salary being determined based on performance and district financial situation.

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