December 19, 2013
SCR-I Hires Architect for Possible Early Childhood Center Project
The Scotland County R-I Board of Education met in regular session on Tuesday, December 10, 2013. President George Koontz called the regular meeting to order at 6:30 p.m., with five members present. Sam Berkowitz and Matt McKee were absent.
The board reviewed reports from recently completed interviews with five architectural firms interested in working with the district on a possible construction project for a proposed Early Childhood Center on the district campus as well as various other facility upgrades.
The board voted to select the architectural firm, ACI Boland, subject to negotiation of the final contract. 5-0
The board also voted to authorize the architectural firm to conduct a district facility study, subject to negotiation of final contract.
The facility study will allow ACI Boland’s architects and engineers to review the district’s facilities and would identify and prioritize short term and long term facility needs.
The district recently learned it has been approved for funding through the Missouri Preschool Program (MPP) for 2013-2014.
"The grant will fund an additional early childhood section for our district," said Superintendent Ryan Bergeson. "The MPP program will begin in the second semester of this school year."
The board voted to approve the Missouri Preschool Project and to advertise for an Early Childhood Education teacher.
In other business, Bergeson presented a district financial update to the board.
"At this time, we have received 23% of the budgeted revenues and have expended 38% of the budgeted expenses," Bergeson told the members. He noted the normal rate for expenditures after five months is 41%.
"Year to date, our expenses are $1,976,695.70 and revenues are 1,873,688.03, resulting in a deficit of $608,295.00," he informed the board. "This is in the normal range for this time of year."
The board reviewed six bids for the 1968 Kaiser Military Jeep that had been declared surplus property by the district. Gavin Hauk held the winning bid for $1,604.
The board reviewed the District Finance Procedural Evaluation. The district fund balance to start the year was $1,765,115.51 which represents 25.3% of the districts budgeted expenditures.
The current tax levy is set at $3.3356 which is well below the voter approved tax ceiling of $3.69 and the state performance levy of $3.43.
The district has been deficit spending for five year and projects a deficit for this fiscal year.
"We will continue to pay close attention to state and federal funding and legislative issues that could impact our school district," said Bergeson. "We must continue to keep our buildings in good repair, prioritize spending, and provide the best education possible for our students."
The board voted to amend the budget to update revenue and expenditure projections to reflect the most current numbers available to the district.
The overall projected deficit was increased by $91,736.55. The increase in the projected deficit is due to adding an additional section of Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE). Bergeson indicated that this increase will be reimbursed through federal funds in fiscal year 2015.
The board scheduled a January Board Workshop for 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 14, 2014.
The board voted to participate in the MSBA Buy Board Program. This program will help compare and reduce costs for materials and supplies at no cost to the district.
The board voted to solicit bids for snow removal.
Health Care Career Readiness
High School Principal Kenya Fuemmeler reported to the board on Health Care Career Readiness. Ms. Slaughter and Ms. Fuemmeler have been researching options for our high school students to get additional health related experience before graduating. Mrs. Fuemmeler will continue to revisit this at future meetings.
The board voted to schedule the January Board Meeting for Wednesday, January 8 at 6:30 p.m. 5-0
The board voted 5-0 to table the minutes of the November 13th meeting.
The board voted 5-0 to offer the High School Secretary position to Hannah Bishop.
The board voted 5-0 to award the MSBA Belcher Scholarship.