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Budget and levy approved by Fillmore Central School Board

Fri, Dec 27th, 2013
Posted in Preston Education

The Fillmore Central School Board approved the budget for the 2014-2015 school year, as well as the 2013 payable 2014 tax levy, at the regular board meeting on December 18.

There was an increase in the levy of 24.32 percent, a difference of more than $300,000. Superintendent Richard Keith explained the reason for the difference is mandated health and safety projects.

“The history of Health and Safety money requested was around $200,000,” said Keith. “It usually stays pretty steady. Last year we had very little in the Health and Safety budget.”

Keith realizes that the increase looks like a lot, but noted that there were no Health and Safety projects last year. This year, there are two major projects that the district was required by the state to do. One was a fire alarm project at the high school and the elementary which was more than $200,000. The other was the exhaust air system at the high school, an $80,000 project. Both of those projects are being addressed with this levy.

The total levy approved was $1,821,278.73.

Principal and Dean reports

Principal Heath Olstad reported that Rochester Amateur Sports Commission has nominated the Fillmore Central Girls Volleyball Team for Team of the Year, and Coach Denise Case for Coach of the Year. A banquet will be held on January 27 at the Mayo Civic Center Auditorium where the winners will be announced.

Dean Chris Mensink informed the board AgStar made a donation to the school district of $750. This money will go toward the purchase of a baseball fence. Mensink said the fence will cost around $15- $20,000. He is currently looking into grants and other funds for the project.

The high school gym floor renovation is on schedule, and should be finished by the time the students return from winter break.

Vision, Mission and Belief

Keith presented the board with two versions of the Fillmore Central Vision, Mission and Belief statements, both of them very similar. Under the belief statements, Keith added a sentence regarding the importance of confidentiality.

The first belief statement was amended slightly. The original read, “that all students can learn through a high-quality education.” Board member Emily Ellis asked why the phrase “are entitled to” after the word “students” was left out in this version. The board approved the statements with that phrase added in.

Other business

A corporate resolution was approved to increase the credit card limit from $5,000 to $20,000. This need comes from an increase in online payments and purchases.

A maternity leave request was approved for Marit Janssen.

The January meeting was moved to January 29 at 6 p.m. in Harmony. The reorganization meeting will be held at the beginning of the regular meeting.

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