School board to review proposed 2013-14 budget
By CHUCK CLEMENT, Staff Reporter
The Madison School Board will review a preliminary report on Monday evening regarding a proposed $17.6 million school district budget for the 2013-14 school year.|
The proposed budget is about $8.7 million lower than the current 2012-13 budget, because the amount dedicated to the capital projects fund is $9 million less. Next year's budget proposal also contains a $143,000 increase in the bond redemption fund, bringing it up to $394,000.
The school board will review the budget proposals at 6:30 p.m. at a new meeting site, which is Room 400, a boardroom located at the right of the main entrance to Madison High School.
The proposed budget contains a $80,000 increase to the general fund, bringing it to $6.6 million, and a $54,000 rise to the capital-outlay fund, making it total about $1.8 million. Next year's special-education fund amounts to $1.5 million and contains a $72,000 increase. The 2013-14 fund for pensions contains a $47,000 decrease, lowering it to $247,000.
The budget proposal also outlines its means of finance such as $7.9 million in total local revenue, including $6.4 million in local property-tax revenue. State funding was calculated at $2.96 million, including $2.8 million in the state's aid to K-12 education.
After hearing a report from the district's transportation committee, the school board members will consider making significant changes to two of the school district's vehicle-use policies. The policies under consideration cover the parking of any private vehicles in school parking lots.
The school district's transportation committee reviewed parking policies during the last several months after a number of parents came before the school board in February with complaints. The parents had disagreed with high school administrators about having student vehicles towed for violating parking policies.
The school board members will consider striking all of policy JHFD-R, which outlines many parking regulations and a graduated disciplinary process for the students' parking violations.
The board members will also consider changing policy JHFD. Those changes include requiring all district personnel and students to register all vehicles parked during school hours with the vehicles' identification numbers displayed. The new version of JHFD would provide school officials with the authority to tow without notice at the owner's expense all vehicles violating district policies.
The board members will consider hiring Karen Rahn and Steven Gors as middle school language arts teachers, Martin Konechne as an elementary school physical education instructor, Joe Bundy as a high school social studies teacher, and Glynnis Kunkel as a high school English teacher.
In other business, the board members will consider:
-- Hearing, during the administrators' reports, a review of programs provided by Paula Kingery, special education director, and a report on food service proposals from Mitchell Brooks, business manager.
-- Approving the handbook for Madison Middle School.
-- Approving a proposal from Quam & Berglin for an audit of the 2012-13 fiscal year.
-- Approving the summer staff hours for the special education program.
-- Reviewing the candidates and a constitutional amendment on the election ballot for the South Dakota High School Activities Association.
-- Reviewing the design bid qualifications for the middle school air-conditioning project.
-- Canvassing the spring school district election results.
The board members will go into an executive session to discuss contract negotiations. When they return to an open meeting, they will consider approving completed negotiations packages. They will also consider approving a one-time stipend payment to school district staff members.
The board members will finish their meeting with a review of the current construction schedule for the modernization of the high school building and a tour of the work sites.
©Madison Daily Leader 2013
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