The USD 490 Board of Education began their evening Monday with a site council dinner at the new middle school after a tour of the construction site.
After that, they reconvened in the district office for their monthly meeting.
In action during the meeting, board members approved a new budget for 2012-13, creating about $159,000 more for this year’s general fund.
The action was taken following a public hearing, at which no one spoke.
That increase was due to weighting changes.
“We have been conservative on anticipating those weights in the budget preparation,” explained Norm Wilks, director of fiscal services. “If you over estimate, you have collected tax money from the community that you then cannot spend. By underestimating we don’t levy that extra amount for LOB (local option budget) and the general fund money generated by those rates we get from the state later in the year and can include it in the general fund.”
In other business, the board:
• approved personnel and BCSEC recommendations.
• heard an update on the legislature. There was not a lot to report since they are on break right now.
Wilks did say this is the critical time in the consensus revenue estimating numbers they will get mid-April. Things that were passed will still keep the district funding the same for this year and next.
“Some of the crazy stuff hasn’t passed,” Wilks said.
But one bill did pass.
“The innovative bill is on its way to the governor, saying that 10 percent of the districts can participate in innovative programs, which we need to start thinking about,” Wilks said.
Also, so far the LOB transfer of 10 percent has not passed both houses yet.
“That shifts 10 percent of the LOB over to the state so it looks like the state has increased its per pupil budget,” said Superintendent Sue Givens. “That is scary because if we do drop with consensus revenue that could be used as meeting the requirement. That is the scariest legislation I think is there right now.”
• heard about upcoming events, including Teacher Appreciation Week May 6 through 10, during which they will take meat and cheese trays to the schools; kindergarten round-up on Thursday; and Purple Up for Military Kids on Friday, a new recognition for their military families, during which the whole district will wear purple.