By Valerie Werkmeister
The children are settling into their school routines. The sports teams and band competitions are underway. The air is turning cooler and the trees are beginning to get a tinge of color. It’s that time of year…budget adoption time.
Yes, fall is just around the corner and with that comes the tedious process of determining the funds necessary to do business next year.
During their regular meeting, Monday, September 9, MSD of North Posey School Board members adopted a budget that included: a $9,095,760 general fund, an $800,000 rainy day fund, $987,000 debt service, $353,734 school pension debt, $2,453,910 capital projects fund, $1,421,815 transportation fund, and a $415,213 bus replacement plan. North Posey currently owns 37 buses and plans to replace five next year.
Brooke and Lee Rogers, parents of students at North Elementary School (NES) addressed the board over concerns of the pre-school class size. The Rogers’ stated they decided to remove their daughter from NES because they felt 20 students to one teacher were too many to be a productive learning environment.
They emphasized their concern was not with the teacher and felt that she did an exemplary job trying to work with the large number of students in her class.
Rogers further stated that after some research, she discovered that the cost of NES pre-school was higher than any other in the area.
Superintendent Dr. Todd Camp explained that pre-school is not a state-funded program. School board members chose to set their standards higher and hire only licensed teachers, which are paid at a higher rate than non-licensed teachers.
Camp explained the school district lost money, to the tune of $33,000, last year by offering two pre-school classes. This year, they decided to have only one class.
Mark Greathouse, supported Brooke’s concern over the number of students in the class. He stated there are a wide variety of students who are not on the same level as the others. Some have been in a school setting before, while others have not. He advised his daughter was in the program last year and has brought home the same worksheets and is learning the same curriculum as last year.
Angie Wannamuehler assured the parents that the pre-school is using only state approved curriculum based on Common Core standards set in February 2012.
Board members approved an agreement with AdTec to administer the E-rate reimbursement program at a cost of $1,590 per year for three years. In return, the company helps the school corporation recover $9,000 to $10,000 in reimbursements. Dr. Camp stated new districting lines for voters will be discussed at the upcoming October board meeting. The date has been changed from its usual Monday date to Tuesday, due to the Fall break vacation. The next meeting is scheduled for October 15, at 6:30 p.m. in the corporation office.
The board also approved the following:
• Life insurance and long-term disability rates from Dearborn National. The company increased life insurance rates for the district’s retired employees.
• Updates to the districts’ test security policy, the anti-bullying policy, the credit card policy and the posting, vacancy and transfer policy.
• The school districts’ involvement in the Backpack Food for Kids program. The Tri-State Food Bank partners with North Posey to provide weekend meals for students in need.
• A request by Kiwanis member, Warren Korff, to use the parking lot, side and front yards of NES during Autumnfest on September 28 and 29.
• A request by Natalie Barnard to use the gyms at the high school on various dates in September and October for volleyball league and tournament play.
• A request by the St. Francis Relay for Life team to use the NES multi-purpose room on November 22 and 23 for a Christmas bazaar.
• Mike Wassmer’s request for an overnight field trip to the National FFA Convention on October 30-November 2 in Louisville, KY with 10 FFA members.
• Scott Schmitt’s request to take choir students to Murray, KY for the Quad State Choral Festival November 3 -4.
• Steve Kavanaugh’s request to spend $898 on two cameras for the yearbook staff.
• A resignation by Staci Voegel as the girls’ basketball coach at South Terrace. She was then approved as the new seventh grade girls’ basketball coach.
• Jerry Straw’s request to hire Ray Topper as a full-time bus driver.
• Dr. Strieter’s request to hire Darrick Wiggins as the new varsity baseball coach and Ryan Marvel as the assistant coach for the 2014 season.
• Kavanaugh’s request to hire Jeff Will as the assistant wrestling coach at the junior high.
• Terri Waugaman’s request to allow Staci Cox to be a volunteer aide in the NES pre-school class. She will work with the four and five-year-old students on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
• Dr. Camp’s request to allow Frank Smith to volunteer as security from the Posey County Sheriff’s Department.
• Scott Butrum’s request to allow Nicole Woolston to be a volunteer girls’ soccer coach.
• Ryan Marvel’s request to have John West as a volunteer high school cross country coach.
Dr. Camp stated new voter districting lines will be discussed
at the upcoming October board meeting. The date has been changed from its usual Monday date to Tuesday, due to the Fall break vacation. The next meeting is scheduled for October 15, at 6:30 p.m. in the corporation office.
Those who would like the opportunity to speak during the board meeting must contact the corporation office and request to be on the agenda by the first Wednesday of each month.
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