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Kingsland School Board

Fri, Jun 19th, 2009
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The Kingsland School Board meeting started off on a very positive note as a major contribution from the Kingsland Booster Club was made. Superintendent Darrin Strosahl accepted the check of $20,000 from Booster Club member, Steve Tammel. Strosahl thanked Tammel and the Booster Club for their contributions in the past as well. The club has been instrumental in providing community funding in lieu of raising tax dollars for school district improvements.

A series of public meetings are being held to discuss the upcoming changes in the 7th and 8th grade schedules for the coming year. High School Principal Dr. John Ellerbusch appeared before the School Board and compared the coming year schedule with the year just ended.

The 7th grade will move band and choir to every day as compared to every other day last year. Keyboarding will be 90 minutes for one quarter as will industrial tech, ag science, music and literature. Spanish and activity classes will be 45 minutes long for one semester.

On the 8th grade side, band and choir will be every day. Keyboarding will be one quarter for 45 minutes per class, along with industrial tech, ag science and Spanish. Art will be one semester and a 45 minute class along with activity for 45 minutes.

Kathy Beevers briefed the Board on the budget. She indicated that expenditures are less than last year by 3%. The school district has received tax payments from the county in the amount of $900,000 and, therefore, revenues reflect that payment. Beevers said that expenditures are on track.

Superintendent Strosahl said that recently the administration, along with representatives of the teachers, have been examining possible changes in the school week. The list of possible cost saving moves would be to go to a four-day week and extend the school year. The group met three times and "did not find any benefit in going with either proposal," according to Strosahl.

The Board also took action to reduce the paraprofessionals district wide by 2.0 FTE based on case load.

Budget issues and alternatives were presented by Superintendent Strosahl. He indicated that two areas of concern now are food services and transportation. He said that food service needs to operate in the black and that any portion that is in the red needs to be supplemented from the General Fund. Also of concern is the age and mileage of buses and vans. One bus is 12 years old and has 140,556 miles on it. A 9-year old van has 126,430 miles and needs to be replaced.

The line items in the budget showed food service projected revenues for next year at $322,647 dollars and expenditures at $335,028. Transportation revenues will be $343,823 with expenditures at $381,689. Other budget items reflected adequate revenues to offset any expenditures. The budget was approved and Superintendent Strosahl said, "It will get us close to where we need to be depending on what the final figures come from the state." The percentage of how the state will pass the money on to school districts will be known in July. In past years the state has given districts 90% and retained 10%. According to Strosahl, "This year we might find the state giving the districts 73% and retaining 27%, which means we would have to borrow funds."

The financial situation of the Kingsland School District will have final numbers in time for the meeting on Monday, July 20th.

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