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Fillmore Central chisels away at transportation and extra-curricular activity costs

Fri, Mar 26th, 2010
Posted in Education

Decisions are being made and details being worked out in Fillmore Central's budget, which means a lot of changes for the 2010-2011 school year.

Superintendent Myrna Luehmann discussed some of the things they have been working out to help save money. Many of these changes will be due to moving the seventh and eighth grades to the high school.

Luehmann said they are looking at savings in transportation, maintenance, and extra-curricular activities. There will be three, possibly four, teachers moving to the high school, and some teachers will be sharing classrooms. They are looking at adding more computers to the media center.

"We're chiseling away at our list of things," said Luehmann.

Luehmann stated there will be nobody to place on ULA, or Unrequested Leave of Absence, because of the eliminations. There will be many assignment changes for teachers. There will need to be two fifth grade teachers and two sixth grade teachers staying at the Preston site. The administration is looking at scheduling for both sites to figure out where their needs are.

Luehmann said they haven't looked at the paraprofessionals yet, as they usually wait until later when they know where the needs will be. They are also going to look at the office layout.

Since Nate Carlson, the high school physical education and health teacher, is not returning next year, Maggie Walsh from the middle school will be taking his place, all except for one class per semester. There was some discussion about cutting the media director's position to half-time and having her teach a class for the other half. Board member John Torgrimson said that he understood that would only happen if the state decided to cut more than three percent.

There was also discussion about having two social workers, and cutting back to one. Luehmann said one of them has a special ed. license, and they could use part of her time at the high school. They will be eliminating one high school special ed. teacher position. Along with some other changes in staff scheduling, the proposed staff savings from these will be $160,667.47.

Luehmann said she hopes to have the final budget at the next meeting, after registration at the high school is completed and they know more about their needs.

Budget Revision

Luehmann presented the revised budget for 2009-2010, which was approved by the board. She said there were very few changes. The formula amount for each student is still $5,124. The Health and Safety Funds were down from the year before.

"We're right where we should be," said Luehmann. "There's no fluff in there. We need to continue to pinch our pennies. We're down to the bare bones; this is all we have to spend."


The board approved the hire of varsity head coaches for next year. Athletic Director Jane Montgomery recommended Denis Case for volleyball and Joe Cullen for wrestling.

Both baseball and softball have begun. In softball, there are 15 students in grades 9-12, and 22 in grades 7-8. This number means they will continue with their plan to have three coaches. Baseball has 22 kids in 9-12 and 22 in 7-8. The board approved the hire of a fourth coach, David Broadwater at a cost of $2,350. They will be split into varsity, b-squad, seventh, and eighth grade.

Board member John Torgrimson had some concerns over what would happen if they lost some kids and had already hired the extra coach. He felt that having three teams of 14 kids each would be a nice number. Board member Craig Britton said since the sports have begun, they feel pretty sure of the numbers.

Other Business

The board accepted a donation of $2,500 from Jay Masters for the football program. Chris Mensink said the money will be going towards new uniforms for the freshmen.

A bid from Wintergreen was accepted for lawn mowing at the Harmony site this summer. The low bid was for $180 per time.

Board member Jim Love said the Policy Committee looked at a few policies. They are still looking at the snow day policy, as the teachers were recently surveyed. They are leaving the senior trip policy as it is.

The board decided to negotiate one more year with the current multi-coverage insurance company. Luehmann wasn't sure they should be changing companies in the middle of a large construction project. They will make a decision by the next meeting.

The board approved the following items:

•The hire of paraprofessional Scott Laufenberger for four hours a day a the high school;

•An open enrollment request for three students from Cherry Grove;

•The resignation of Nate Carlson, high school health and phy. ed. teacher for the past four years;

•The calendar for the 2010-2001 school year; and

•A student teaching agreement with Luther College.

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