By Pam Robinson
Loren Evans, Director of Business and Technology for the Metropolitan School District of Mount Vernon, explained to the Mount Vernon School Board Monday, August 6, how the school district is making the best of a bad budget situation. Drawing money from the Rainy Day Fund and from the Capital Projects Fund will bolster a sagging General Fund losing approximately $1.5 million dollars in state support for the 2013 and 2014 budget years.
This strategy will enable the district to maintain its current number of teachers, albeit budgeting for no salary or benefit increases, and to maintain its current programs. Even so, Evans noted the district would still overspend its revenue, so substantial is the revenue drop caused by the state educational funding formula. That means, the cash balance in the General Fund will continue to dwindle. The school district projects a cash balance of $2,050,352 in the General Fund by December 31, 2013—down from $2,465,829 on December 31, 2012.
In other business:
•The board confirmed the employment of Katelyn Offerman as teacher assistant for remediation at Marrs, Carletta Ricketts as teachers assistant for the computer lab (credit recovery) at the senior high, Robert Austin Walker as assistant football coach at the junior high, Travis Wolfe as intramural sponsor at the junior high, and Courtney York as special education teacher at the junior high.
•The board accepted the resignations of Angela Wannemuehler as assistant director of special education/educational diagnostician effective August 3, 2012; Heidi Blackburn as teacher assistant effective August 16, 2012; and Hajja Riffert as teacher assistant no later than August 10, 2012.
•The board confirmed continued employment for extra duty positions in the 2012-13 school year as recommended. Superintendent Tom Kopatich noted that everyone has been selected and hired for these positions—a first at the beginning of a school year.
•The board accepted the intent to retire from Johnnie Southerland as a speech pathologist effective immediately.
•The board recognized the following students for their achievements: in band, Andrew Higgins, Mount Vernon High School senior, for receiving the 30th Annual Hagemann Award for Musical Performance and for his selection as one of only four drum majors across the nation to lead the Parade Honor Band in Pasadena, California, on New Year’s Day; in FFA, Rebecca Miller, Ryan Ritzert, Ed Schenk and Andrea Seifert have earned the Hoosier FFA degree while Andrea Seifert has been elected as District X President and Mat Seifert has been elected as District X Sentinel, State Chorus Reporter. In addition, the Mount Vernon FFA chapter was cited for state recognition: first place Indiana Prairie Farmer/CountryMark Essay contest for most entries; Superior/Bronze Chapter; Gold Chapter Donor, Foundation Drive; and tenth place in the Living to Serve Community Initiative.
The Mount Vernon School Board will meet again Monday, August 20, 2012, 5:45 p.m. in the junior high media center.
By Pam Robinson
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