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West Central School Board Approves Tentative Budget

At the August 17, 2016 regular meeting, the board approved the Tentative FY17 District Budget and directed Superintendent Markey to place it on public display.

The FY17 budget is a deficit budget of $2,024,520. Of that deficit $1,003,695 of that is expenditures for current life safety projects. This deficit is in part due to the fact that revenue for the life safety projects was received in FY16; however, the work is being completed in FY17.

Funds are available and were designated for these projects. Expenditures will be monitored closely to make every attempt to reduce expenditures and come in under budget.

The meeting was called to order at 6:00 p.m. in the elementary cafeteria by board President Brent.

All board members were present at roll call except Jodi Arnold, Dale Buss, and Kathy White. Kathy White entered the meeting at 6:18 p.m.

President Brent then led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Under Good News Items, the following was highlighted:

The board approved the meeting agenda with the following item being added:

There was no one present to address the board.

The administrative team introduced new teachers to the District to the board. The board recessed at 6:08 p.m. to greet them. The board reconvened the meeting at 6:25 p.m.

The board approved the Consent Agenda as presented. Items approved under the Consent Agenda included the following:

The board approved accepting a $5,000 monetary gift from the Twomey Family with gratitude.

The board approved the following proposed policy changes to the following board policies as presented on First Reading:

a. Policy 2:200 - Types of School board Meeting

b. Policy 2:220-E2 - Motion to Adjourn to Closed Meeting

c. Policy 4:170 - Safety

d. Policy 5:90 - Abused and Neglected Child Reporting

e. Policy 5:100 - Staff Development Program

f. Policy 6:15 - School Accountability

g. Policy 6:50 - School Wellness

h. Policy 6:60 - Curriculum Content

i. Policy 6:160 - English Learners - Rename

j. Policy 6:320 - High School Credit for Proficiency

k. Policy 7:50 - School Admissions and Transfers To and From Non-District Schools

l. Policy 7:100 - Health, Eye, and Dental Examinations; Immunization; and Exclusion of Students

m Policy 7:130-Student Rights and Responsibilities

n. Policy 7:140-Search and Seizure

o. Policy 7:290-Suicide and Depression Awareness and Prevention

p. Policy 7:300-Extracurricular Activities

q. Policy 7:305-Student Athlete Concussions and Head Injuries

r. Policy 7:340 - Student Records

s. Policy 8:30 - Visitors to and Conduct on School Property

The board reviewed and heard reports from the building principals; Jason Kirby, Athletic Director; and Melinda Frakes, District Technology Coordinator.

He communicated that the football team is conducting a fundraiser by selling discount cards and will hold their player auction at Meet the Heat Night on Friday, August 19, 2016. Mr. Kirby reported that the Athletic Boosters have funded a lease for an ice machine for the school this year.

The board heard a report from Superintendent Markey on the opening of the 2015-2016 school year. She reported on the first day institute, Pre-K Orientation, and Back to School Night.

Principal Rees reviewed the preliminary 2015-2016 ACT scores for West Central High School.

The board did not hold a closed session.

The board was reminded that the next regularly scheduled meeting will be Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. with a Budget Hearing scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

There being no other business to come before the board, the board adjourned the meeting at 7:33 p.m.