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Fillmore Central hears audit report for 2010-2011

Fri, Nov 25th, 2011
Posted in Education

At the regular board meeting on November 22, Fillmore Central received the audit report from Steve Salveson of Smith Schafer and Associates.

Salveson went over the revenues and expenditures for different areas of the budget from 2010-2011. As far as the revenues, the state aid dropped some, and the federal aid dropped quite a bit. Property taxes went up, even though the levy remained the same. Salveson explained there was a state tax shift this year that accounts for that.

Administrative expenditures were down, as well as regular instruction, which is due to a decrease in student numbers. Site and building expenditures went up because of the HVAC project at the Preston site.

As for the General Fund, revenues are down, and expenditures are down, due to declining student numbers. The food service balance and Special ed. are fairly even. The Community Service fund had an increase due to the daycare. Salveson said Community Ed. has taken care of the deficit, and the negative is getting less and less.

Salveson summarized that the Unassigned Balance of the General Fund is 29 percent of their expenditures. Things have improved for the district over the last few years. He thanked Darla Ebner and Kathy Whalen for their work on the audit, as well as the budget committee for their time.

Chairperson Ross Kiehne commented that it is great they have increased the fund balance without cutting any programs. "Excellent work by everyone," he said. "From staff, teachers, all the way to the top."

The board approved the audit report.

Mural Request

High school art teacher Carrie Mathison and senior Cassie Holme made a request to paint a mural in the gym. They showed the board members a picture of what the finished product will look like.

Mathison explained that Holme has an Independent Study class with her first hour every day. During that time she will be working on painting the word "Falcons" on the wall behind the bleachers.

They also made a request to do something similar in the senior hallway. Mathison explained that since the wall is tiled, they will have to rough it down so it will hold the acrylic paint. Maintenance employees will be involved in the project as well. The board approved both projects.

Negotiations Committee

Kiehne said the negotiations committee met with the faculty and the meeting went very well. He mentioned there has been a "soft freeze" on salaries the past couple of years, and it has shown up positively in the budget. For the next two-year contract, they looked at the steps and lanes, and decided on a three percent increase for the first year, and a 2.3 percent increase the second year.

Keith said he was pleased with the cooperation between faculty and the committee. Kiehne said they want to reward the teachers, but they also need to be fiscally responsible to the taxpayers.

Staffing Changes

The board approved the resignation of Kamra Kramer from the daycare. They also approved the resignation of Nancy Byrne, who has worked for the district for 35 years and will be retiring at the end of the semester. The resignation of Darrin Ellsworth, high school science teacher, was also approved for the end of the semester.

The hire of David Broadwater was approved for the Title I position in the kindergarten. Don Lukkason was hired for homework help for students in grades 3-6. Christina Bothun was approved for the Root River Program paraprofessional position.

Mabel-Canton Meeting

Chairperson Ross Kiehne spoke about the recent meeting they had with members of the Mabel-Canton School Board. He said they are always open and willing to talk with other school boards and have discussions, and it went very well.

Kiehne said one of the main things Mabel-Canton wanted to talk about was the possibility of sharing a superintendent. Their part-time superintendent is leaving, and Fillmore Central's superintendent is part-time. They also discussed the possibility of sharing a football team.

Three Rivers Conference

Superintendent Richard Keith updated the board on the status of the Three Rivers Conference discussion held at the last meeting. Winona Cotter has applied to join the Three Rivers Conference, and there is rumor that other schools are thinking about applying as well.

Keith said the next step is to have a group meeting with Three Rivers and Hiawatha Valley League conferences to "iron things out." This meeting will take place in January, and they will try to come to some decisions about how to organize the conferences.

Other Business

Dean Chris Mensink said the Scholastic Book Fair held during conferences had total sales of almost $6,000. They raised $3,408 for the library.

The Fillmore Central Scholar Club ceremony was held November 17. Olstad said 37 students in grades 10-12 received the award.

The Truth in Taxation meeting will be held on December 20 at 6:30 pm before the regular board meeting. The meeting place was changed to the high school in Harmony.

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