The Scotland County R-I Board of Education met in regular session on Monday, June 15, 2015. President Sam Berkowitz called the regular meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. with six members present. Cole Tippett was absent.
The board unanimously approved a budget for the 2015-2016 school year that is projecting deficit spending of $240,844.
The revenues for the budget projections reflect a local tax rate of $3.43, using a projected assessed valuation of $60,752,457, and figuring a Hold Harmless Designation on the State Formula, explained Superintendent Ryan Bergeson. Projected revenues total just shy of $6 million at $5,999,956.
The budget calls for expenditures totaling $6,240,800, resulting in a projected deficit of $240,844.
“The purchase of an additional school bus, many building improvements, and program expansions have led to the projected increase in expenditures for the 15-16 budget,” said Bergeson.
The board-approved salary proposal also added to the projected expenditures.
The Board voted 6-0 to accept the salary committee proposal that will offer three fully paid insurance policies to district employees and contribute $500/month to health insurance, including vision, and life insurance.
The 2015-16 base salary for certified staff members will raise $500 from $29,000 to $29,500.
All returning certified employees will earn a step on the salary schedule.
The proposal also approved continued district funding of the Career Ladder, which will cost the district approximately $100,000 in additional payroll.
A similar salary increase (1.7%) was offered to non-certified base salaries, and all returning noncertified employees earned a step on the salary schedule.
Employees not on a salary schedule will receive the comparable percentage raise.
The proposal also authorized increased certified sub pay to $75/day for teaching positions and increased non-certified sub pay to $65/day for para professionals, cooks, custodians, and secretaries.
The concluding school year’s financial picture is looking similar to the projected budget for next year.
Bergeson reported year-to-date revenues for the district are $5,532,153.38 and year-to-date expenses are $5,085,321.11, resulting in a current surplus of $446,832.27 at the end of May, 2015.
“We still have June and July payrolls, and end-of-year expenses,” said Bergeson. “We will also see some revenues in June. This will likely leave us with a deficit at the end of the fiscal year. We will monitor the situation closely as we finish out the fiscal year.”
It is required, by law, that school boards pass a resolution stating the budget for expenditures for a fiscal year be amended to match actual expenditures in each overspent line for the year.
The board voted 6-0 to adopt an over-expenditure resolution.
The Board voted 6-0 to establish the tuition rates for fiscal year 2015-16. The rate for K-12 tuition will remain the same and was set at $8,481.00.
The board voted 6-0 to accept the firm milk bid from Prairie Farms, the bread bid from Bimbo Foods, and the grocery bid from Kohl Wholesale for the 15-16 school year.
Lunch Price Increase
The board voted 6-0 to increase the K-12 milk price to .35 cents for the 15-16 school year.
“Our current lunch price average meets the requirement of the National School Lunch Program and USDA,” said Bergeson.
Current lunch prices are $1.85 for students in grades 7- 12, $1.75 for elementary students, and adult prices are $2.25. K-12 breakfast is $1.40.
“It was necessary to raise the milk price from .30 cents to .35 cents to cover the increased costs,” he stated.
The Board scheduled the new staff picnic on August 13th at 6:30 p.m. and the board-sponsored breakfast for all staff will be held in the high school commons on August 13th at 7:30 a.m.
The board voted 6-0 to accept the bid from Midwest Bus Sales to purchase a 2013 Thomas Bus for $61,500.00.
July Board Meeting
The board voted to schedule a special board meeting for Monday, June 22 at 1:00 p.m. in the Superintendent’s Office. The board will meet in July at the regularly scheduled time on Thursday, July 9 at 6:30 p.m.
In closed session the following individuals were offered employment by the SCR-I District:
Joy Alexander – HS English; Benjamin Oliver – 9,10 Math; Brad Doster – District Transportation Director; Sandra Swearingen – Early Childhood Teacher; Kristen Moore – ECSE Para Professional; Hillary Harris – ECSE Para Professional; Allen Garett – bus route driver.
The following coaching, extra-curricular assignments were made: Kirk Stott – Assistant Football; Troy Carper -Assistant Football; Angie Ward – Varsity Football Cheerleading; Don Miller – JH Assistant Softball; Joy Alexander – Drama.