The Sedalia School District #200 Board of Education adopted their preliminary budget for the upcoming school year at Monday night’s board meeting as well as approving the final amendments to the 2014-15 budget.
School districts throughout the state of Missouri are required to approve their budgets by July 1, the beginning of their fiscal year.
With numbers released Monday, by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and monies released by Governor Jay Nixon for transportation, the district will add an estimated $1,982, 622 to their reserves. That figure will place the district’s reserves at 57 percent.
“This has been the first time I have ever presented an un-balanced budget as long as I have been with the district,” Dr. Harriet Wolfe, chief financial officer for Sedalia 200 said during Monday night’s meeting. “We have the money (in reserves) we just need to transfer it from our savings account.”
Superintendent of Schools, Brad Pollitt echoed Wolfe’s sentiments.
“If you look at item 20 (in the budget) and you consider that we were able to decrease our structured debit from 53 percent to 46 percent while still adding the stadium complex; that is very impressive, Pollitt said.
“We are also able to upkeep all of the facilities that we have, and that we were able to give raises to the staff is something the Board should be commended for,” Pollitt added.
The 57 percent reserves the district now holds will be reduced by 10 percent in the upcoming budget in what Wolfe describes as, “a deliberate move” to allow for the upcoming building additions to the high school.
“When you consider what we have accomplished and continue to do with the planned additions to the high school without a tax increase to the district’s patrons is significant,” Pollitt said after the meeting.
Prior to the beginning of the meeting board members were given a tour of the freshman “C” wing of the high school. The freshmen infill area as it is known, will be completed in the next two weeks.
The maintenance department in the district did all of the work in the area with the exception of the HVAC instillation. Ten additional classrooms were added to the space, which will accommodate the freshmen core classes.
That area will eventually connect to one of the two additions, which will be added to the high school during the course of the next two years.
Pollitt described the proposed time line for the additions.
“We will not start construction on the new multipurpose classroom gymnasium area until the completion of the upcoming football season.” Pollitt told the board. “Since this is the first year to use the stadium complex for that purpose we want to avoid the congestion that the construction may bring to the area until after the season.”
That phase of the construction is expected to be completed by the beginning of the 2016 school year.
The second phase, which is the additional classroom space to be added to the “C” wing, will be completed by the beginning of the 2016-17 school year.
Maintenance crews have already marked out areas in the high school media center where two additional electronic classrooms will be added. That work is also slated to be completed prior to the beginning of school in August.
In other the board agreed to
•Purchase furniture for the 10 new classroom and office space in the freshmen infill area from Samco Business products for $80,859.12. The company has supplied the district with furniture supplies on previous projects, and was the low bid.
•Enter into a three-year agreement with Mastery Connect to supply a program used to create common assessments and formative assessments in grades K-12. The program is used in all subject areas. It will provide the district with information detailing which skills require remediation and which skills have been mastered by students.
•Accept the low bid from Cybertron for computers to replace outdated computers throughout the district at a cost of $523.78 per computer. It is a cost increase of $29.78 more per computer unit over last year.
•Accept an agreement between the University of Central Missouri and the Sedalia School District #200 for student teacher placement. The agreement must be reviewed once every five years.
•Hire the firm of Fick, Eggemeyer and Williamson, CPA to provide yearly audits for the next three years to the district.
•Accept a contract with Bothwell Regional Health Center to provide athletic trainers and services to the district.
•Accept a bid from Home Heating and Cooling to replace to HVAC units at the Middle School for the pool facility. The bid was for $37,858 and was the only bid presented to the district.
•Hire the firm of Engineering Surveys and Services to provide core sample testing and site management evaluations for the additions at Smith-Cotton.
•Accept the quarterly building, attendance, and health service reports.