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Fillmore Central School Board: SADD marks 25th year


Fri, Nov 3rd, 2006
Posted in Education

The Fillmore Central School Board members took a break during their regular meeting last Monday to walk outside in the cold wind and witness a special gathering at Selvig Park in Harmony. Members of SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) hosted a Lantern Ceremony, along with public officials to celebrate the 25th birthday of SADD. The event was recognized by SADD chapters all over the country.

To finish off Red Ribbon Week, in which students participated in activities relating to the dangers of drug use, members of SADD talked to the community members about making good decisions, and avoiding destructive choices like using drugs and alcohol. They also lit candles and lanterns for people who had been affected by these things; people killed in alcohol-related accidents, by drugs or suicide. The sidewalk in the park was lined with lanterns lit by the students in this powerful ceremony.

Audit Report

Lloyd Johnson, Fillmore Central's accountant, gave the school board his review of the recent audit. According to Johnson, the Community Service fund is down $74,000 from last year and currently has a negative balance of $60,000. Superintendent Myrna Luehmann explained that a lot of the money spent was start-up costs from last year. Infant programs were added at the daycare in the last year, which is the most expensive part of the daycare. Luehmann added that there have been some new policies and an increase in charges to help make up for the costs.

The district's Undesignated Fund is at $139,000, which is down $128,000 from last year. Johnson explained that it is recommended to have 1/12 of expenditures in the fund, or around $500,000. The district currently has about four percent of expenditures in the fund. Johnson also mentioned that the referendum will kick in next year, which will help things.

The food service made money this year, after losing money the last two years. With a balance in the positive, the school can use some money to purchase needed equipment.

Johnson also mentioned that the general fund is down $154,000, and the district is down $404,000 in net assets.

Principal's Reports

Both High School Principal Heath Olstad and Elementary and Middle School Principal Brenda Lentz mentioned that Red Ribbon Week was a huge success again this year, with the theme being Respect. The SADD organization did activities with students in grades K-12, and students participated in fun dress-up days as well.

Lentz stated that the elementary school Family Night was a huge success as well, with 53 families attending. The theme for the night was "Amazing Authors." Families participated in games, a book walk, BINGO for books and reading in the library. There was also a book swap for gently used books.

Building Maintenance

Luehmann informed the board members that Phase 1 of the tuck pointing project at the high school is completed. The flashing in the roof project is also done, and Phase 2 will begin in the spring. They have received quotes for the garages to be built at the sites in Preston and Harmony.

Other business

• Snow removal bids were accepted for the next 2 years. JD Snowplowing will take care of the Harmony site for $70 an hour, and Mensink Landscaping will be at the Preston site for a flat rate of $150 for 2-8 inches of snow, and $225 for more than eight inches.

• The board approved a wage increase for support staff at 2 1?2 percent. Support staff includes paraprofessionals, secretaries and counseling assistants among others. Luehmann said the group has become smaller over the years and has recently withdrawn from the union they belonged to.

• Board members approved researching banking services proposals for banks in Harmony, Preston and Fountain, as well as the Liquid Asset Fund they are currently using. Luehmann explained that she will compare their services to see how they compare with the current Liquid Asset Fund.

• Luehmann announced the district has received some grants, including a Character Education Grant for $1,000 from Climb Theater, who does a presentation for the students. The daycare also received a grant for $3,000 for needed supplies and staff training for $3,700, and SAC (School Aged Child Care) received a grant for $1,400 to replace equipment.

• The board also approved the following:

- An open enrollment request from a family in Canton

- The resignation of Kate Feine, Community Ed. Secretary and lunchroom assistant

- the hiring of Aaron Mensink for 7th grade basketball coach, and Heather Lange for a cheerleading coach for winter sports

The November school board meeting has been changed to Monday, November 27 at 6 p.m. at the Middle School in Preston.

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