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June 17, 2010

Budget, Tuition Rates Approved at June SCR-I Board Meeting

The Scotland County R-I Board of Education met in regular session on Thursday, June 10, 2010. Vice President George Koontz called the regular meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. with five members present. Gary Miller and Matt McKee were absent.

The board voted 5-0 to approve the consent agenda items that included a resolution to issue payroll checks through direct deposit in the 2010-11 school year and approval to advertise for employment of a part time cook, night custodian and bus driver.

In other business, members presented a board workshop report. During the May 25th workshop the board reviewed the budget and possible scenarios to reduce the projected deficit. Other topics discussed were long range planning, goal setting, formation of a School Foundation, appointing a recording secretary for board meetings and possible avenues for the building trades program. No decisions may be made at the workshop, it is for discussion purposes only.

Updated Tech Plan

The board voted 5-0 to approve the updated tech plan. The plan was presented in April by Mike Beeler, but needed updates to meet DESE approval.

Salary Proposal

The Salary Committee presented the board with a proposal for staff next year. This includes full insurance benefits for qualified staff, but no step increase. It does allow certified staff obtaining approved college credit hours to advance horizontally on the salary schedule. The approval of the full insurance benefit will be an additional cost to the district of $69,145. The board voted 5-0 to approve the request.

Over Expenditure Resolution

It is required by law the board 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 5-0 to adopt the Over Expenditure Resolution.

Tuition Rates 2010-11

The board voted 5-0 to establish the tuition rates for fiscal year 2010-11. The rate for 7-12 tuition will be $7,628 and the K-6 tuition was set at $5,461. This rate is below the annual ADA expenditure of the district, which is $8,158.

2010-2011 Budget

Superintendent Dave Shalley presented the board with the 2010-11 budget. The revenues reflect a local tax rate of $3.36, using the 09-10 assessed valuation of $47,739,205 and figure an eight percent reduction in State Formula dollars. Federal dollars will see a decline as well. Revenues total $5,114,516. Expenditures included the district’s portion of career ladder, no step increase in salary and a full insurance benefit.

“Operations and maintenance lines did not increase and we have lease-purchased a bus over a three year period to lessen the burden on the budget,” Shalley said.

Total expenditures were $5,573,782, resulting in a projected deficit of $459,266.

“We currently have a balance of approximately $2,000,000 to help us through the poor economy without making major cuts this fiscal year,” said Shalley.

The board voted 5-0 to adopt the budget.

Solicit Bank Bids

The district’s current contract with Bank of Memphis, a Division of Bank of Kirksville, expires June 30. The district has the option of extending the contract for three years. The board voted 5-0 to extend the contract for one more year and solicit bids in April, 2011.

New Staff Picnic and Board Breakfast

The new staff picnic will be August 16th at 6:30 p.m. at The Willows and the board-sponsored breakfast for all staff will be 7:30 a.m. August 16th in the high school commons.

Resignation

The board voted 5-0 to accept, with regret, a letter of resignation from Jackie Doubet as para for the district. The board wished Jackie the best of luck in her future.

Board Secretary

The board voted 5-0 to appoint Michella Hull as the recording secretary for open and closed session meetings at a stipend of $750.

Long Range Planning Committee

The district will re-establish the Long Range Planning Committee. The purpose of the committee will be to help set goals for the district and identify areas of possible reductions, if needed in the future. The district is in the process of naming committee members.

Executive Session

The board went into executive session at 9:10 p.m.

The board voted 5-0 to accept the minutes of the May meeting.

The board voted to go out of closed and into open session at 10:23 p.m.

In open session Vice President Koontz appointed a Building Trades Committee consisting of George Koontz, Paul Campbell and Trinity Davis.

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