School board studies budget; Reorganization also on agenda at July 10 meeting

School board studies budget; Reorganization also on agenda at July 10 meeting by M. Jill Karolevitz The Vermillion School Board reviewed the proposed 2000-01 budget during its July 10 meeting.

No action was taken Monday night, however, the board will review the budget figures prior to its next meeting Aug. 14.

Total general fund expenditures for 2000-2001 are expected to be $6,956,230, compared to $6,497,957 for 1999-2000.

�Most of the increases are due to salaries and benefits, which comprise about 80 to 85 percent of the budget,� said Sheila Donnelly, business manager.

Textbooks and adding all-day kindergarten also figure into the higher figure for the coming year, she added.

Regular program instruction has been tallied at $3,930,303 for the coming year, compared to $3,461,068 last year. Special program instruction will total $256,865, down $1,447 from 1999-2000.

Support services, including counseling, health services, principals, business office, legal services, Austin and Jolley administration, plant operation, groundskeeping and transportation, are budgeted this year at a total of $2,369,770. The 1999-2000 total was $2,249,997.

Co-curricular activities, including boys� and girls� athletics, cheerleading, vocal and instrumental music programs, debate, oral interp, drama, student publications and class advisors, have been budgeted for 2000-2001 at $254,292. That�s an increase of $12,073 from last year.

The general fund also has a $145,000 contingency fund � unchanged from last year.

Capital outlay expenditures have been budgeted at a total of $867,825. They include: $168,230 for construction; $54,000 for improvements to grounds; $94,350 for technology; and $66,900 for regular and special programs instruction.

Special education expenditures are budgeted at $944,500. The bond redemption fund is $286,005 for 2000-2001, and the pension fund for early retirement payments totals $90,750. The capital projects fund (approved by voters last year for the high school construction project) has a budget of $5,075,000.

In other business, the school board also reorganized for the new year.

Tom Craig and Mark Bottolfson were sworn in for three-year terms � both were unopposed in their bid for re-election. Craig will serve as board president, while Nick Merrigan was elected vice president.

Committee members include: Merrigan and Bottolfson, personnel; Jim Kinney and Craig,

finance; and Floyd Boschee, curriculum, with Merrigan as alternate.

Directors of the Special 504 Program are assistant principals Curt Cameron (high school), Troy Terronez (middle school) and Mark Upward (elementary). Bill Radigan will serve as truant officer.

School board meetings will follow the same schedule as last year, with one meeting in February, May, July, August, November and December. Two meetings will be held in January, March, April, June, September and October.

School board members will be paid $50 per meeting attended, along with mileage at the state rate, which is currently 29 cents per mile. The mileage charge is optional.

Sheila Donnelly was designated as business manager and director of certain federal programs. Superintendent Robert Mayer was appointed as Title IX director and ADA director. Jim McCulloch will serve as the school attorney.

The primary official depository is First National Bank, with funds also deposited at Community First State Bank, CorTrust, First Dakota National Bank, Norwest and South Dakota Public Funds Investment Trust.

The Plain Talk was designated as the district�s official newspaper. Written policies from the district�s manual will also be effective for 2000-2001 and the next school board election date was set for the second Tuesday in April of 2001, in conjunction with the city election.

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