Friday, May 4, 2012

USD 383 Board of Education

May 2, 2012
Kathy Dzewaltowski, observer

Nine citizens had applied to fill the vacancy created when Doug Messer resigned.  The board voted by written ballot to narrow the field to their top three choices to be publicly interviewed.  The three selected for interview included Patricia Hudgins, Marcia Rozell, and Beth Tatarko.

The board had a preliminary discussion for planning the 2012-13 budget.  The Legislature has not yet finalized what the state's per pupil funding will be, but support has developed for increasing the base per pupil funding by $74.  Budget information was presented on the assumption that the $74 increase will eventually be approved.  Lew Faust, Director of Business Services, presented the board with different scenarios of increases and decreases to the overall budget dependent upon state financing and funds raised through the Local Option Budget.  The proposed $74 increase represents a 2% increase, which is an improvement, but state funding as decreased by 14.7% since 2009.  Walt Pesaresi said he would like to see a plan to gradually increase salaries, and Pete Paukstelis agreed.  Administration will develop a plan for raising salaries.

Dr. Bob Shannon, Superintendent, presented the board with recommended staffing needs for the 2012-13 school year, largely due to increases in elementary enrollment.  New positions needed included three elementary teachers, an early childhood special education teacher, an autism teacher, an elementary assistant principal, and increases in hours for a speech therapist and school nurse.  The district will need $230,700 to fund the new positions.  The board approved 6-0 the new positions.  Board members also discussed other requested positions, including additional custodial and maintenance staff, MHS assistant principal, social worker, and psychologist.  The additional positions were for discussion only.

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