Sedalia School Board presented with five-year strategic plan


Much of plan depends on projected budget forecasts

By Tim Epperson - [email protected]



Editor’s Note: Due to press deadlines, this article will be divided up into two parts with the second part to be published in Wednesday’s edition. The first part will focus on budgeting at Sedalia School District 200 and its Master Plan for facilities.

The Sedalia School District 200 five-year strategic plan will be depend a great deal on fund allocations from the state and federal government and whether or not the district chooses to fund new construction projects.

Board members heard various departments’ assessments during Monday’s work session. District CFO Harriet Wolfe told the board Fiscal Year 2017 could see a potential deficit of $2.1 million in the operating balance, depending on fund allocations from the state and federal governments, both of which will be operating under new administrations.

“Some will come before June 30,” Wolfe said. “However, I don’t believe it will reach the $2.1 million projected at current spending levels.”

Funding for FY17 will include a 2 percent raise for district staff. Total revenues are projected at approximately $50.875 million with total expenditures at close to $53 million. The district requires a 15 percent operating fund reserve at approximately $6.8 million. The district has been operating with a surplus since 2013, according to the district’s All Funds Projected Report. The ending fund balance for FY17 is projected at $31,259,214 if funding remains the same as last year.

Wolfe offered projections of different spending scenarios over the next five years, ending in 2022. These fluctuate on whether employees will be given a wage increase of 3 percent and whether or not the district moves forward with future construction plans. The deficit for 2018 is expected to fall to $903,153 if funding levels remain unchanged. However, the district is bracing for possible cuts. If funding levels remain consistent, ending fund balances could fall to just more than $14 million by 2022, operating at a deficit $5,847,499 based on present funding and spending levels.

If the district decides to move forward with planned construction projects while providing staff with 2 percent raises, the deficit could increase to $3.4 million in FY18 and rising to a possible deficit of $5,847,899 with an ending fund balance of just more than $9 million in 2022 with a $7.74 million in reserves.

“We are being optimistic with these projections,” Wolfe said.

The board was also presented three immediate options for the District Master Plan through 2022.

Immediate Option No. 1 would include:.

• Developing the old Smith-Cotton Junior High cafeteria into a Practical Arts building.

• Build a new stand-alone Early Childhood Cooperative and move the current center out of Sedalia Middle School.

• Change the five elementary buildings to kindergarten through third grade.

• Move the fourth grade out of the elementary buildings and into the middle school with fifth grade with more teaching space and a larger playground, based on a projected increase in student population.

• Remodel the existing junior high cafeteria into additional classrooms.

Immediate Option No. 2 would include:

• Developing the old Smith-Cotton Junior High cafeteria into a Practical Arts building.

• Early Childhood Cooperative will remain at Sedalia Middle School.

• Change the five elementary buildings to kindergarten through third grade.

• Move fourth grade out of elementary buildings and into the middle school with fifth grade and the Early Childhood Cooperative.

• Remodel the existing junior high cafeteria into additional classrooms.

Immediate Option No. 3 would include:

• Developing the old Smith-Cotton Junior High cafeteria into a Practical Arts building.

• Early Childhood Cooperative will remain at Sedalia Middle School.

• Change the five elementary buildings to kindergarten through fourth grade.

• Sedalia Middle School will remain the fifth grade center.

• Remodel the existing junior high cafeteria into additional classrooms.

Other future growth options would include:

• Build a new elementary building and possibly close an existing elementary building such as Washington Elementary or Horace Mann.

• Additions to Sedalia Middle School for third grade.

• Additions to Skyline and Parkview Elementary Schools to increase capacities and close older and smaller schools.

• Add to the Sports Complex at Smith-Cotton High School (softball, baseball and tennis courts, etc.).

All of these options are based on budgeting projections and increases in student population. The board took no actions on the strategic plan at Monday’s meeting.

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Much of plan depends on projected budget forecasts

By Tim Epperson

[email protected]

Sedalia Democrat
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