Lena School District Voters Approve BudgetIssue Date: October 10, 2019
The Lena School District Annual Meeting and Budget Hearing was held on Monday, Oct. 7, in which Tina Rouer was elected chair. After the agenda was adopted and minutes from the previous year were approved, the day for next year's Annual Meeting was decided for Monday, October 5, 2020.
District Administrator Ben Pytleski presented the 2019-2020 school year Budget, which shows continual growth to the general fund balance of $2,502,914, up from last year by nearly
$400,000. Pytleski noted that there are anticipated expenses on the horizon as the school is in need of new boilers, but the balance is still predicted to rise. Revenues and Financing sources are estimated to be $2,075,919. Payments from other school districts for services have grown significantly thanks to the influx of open enrollment students. Intermediate Sources is the Perkins Grant of $2,792 and State Sources is estimated to be $3,290,623. Federal Sources including the DPI Special Service Projects Grant, IASA Grants, and REAP Grant will bring an additional $115,977 to the district this year. Expenditures including curriculum, activities, services, and transactions are projected to cost $5,927,157.
Special Project Funds saw a rise in expenditures primarily because Special Education is not completely financed by other sources so it must be taken out of the district's funds. Food Services has also increased in cost to $220,911 due to inflation and more students and Pytleski added that providing good, quality food for students is something the district takes pride in. The Community Service Fund at $15,290, includes items available for use by the community, mainly the weight room. The Scholarship Fund, primarily the Goldstein Account, shows an ending fund balance of $340,016. State and federal taxes are estimated to cost $25,000. The budget was approved by all electors at the meeting, all board members were present except Ed Huberty.
Pytleski noted it is rare that the district has had to borrow short-term but when needed the board has authorization to borrow capital to meet obligations during the 2019-20 school year. Salaries for the Board are going to stay the same as previous years and travel expenses for the board are authorized to be paid. Providing textbooks and the school lunch program were authorized and it was mentioned that there will need to be a discussion about adding technology into this category since the iPads provided to students are going on 8 years of use. The sale and/or transfer of school property was approved, meaning the board has authorization of how to use the property, especially in the case if it were to be sold. After tax to be placed on tax rolls was authorized, there was no other business and the motion to adjourn was passed.
The board was not done with business as they still had to address the issues of the regular board meeting. The minutes and agenda were approved as well as the vouchers for payment, which included the upcoming trip to Washington, D.C. The New and Amended Board Policies were also approved.
The National FFA Convention is set to be held from Tuesday, Oct. 29th to Friday, Nov. 1st in Indianapolis. Fifteen students from Lena School will be joining Coleman, Suring, Shawano, and New London for the convention. The students assured the board they would come back as better leaders and the motion was carried to approve their trip.
There will be no changes to the dates of future meetings through December and will be re-evaluated before January. Driver's Education, with John Nickerbacher as instructor for $9,000 was approved.
Principal James Torzala highlighted upcoming events at the High School and Middle School including the Junior Class Craft and Bake Sale on Sunday, Oct. 20. Pytleski presented the report for the Elementary School highlighting 88% involvement last week for the Walk to School Event, run by Safe Kids of Oconto County and the Pumpkin Run held on Oct. 8.
On Oct.23, Pytleski will be attending the Annual Board Leadership Training at Kelly Lake's Holiday Inn, Pytleski said. He invited other members of the board to join him for the training.
Finally, the Lena Lions Club must have made an impression on the State Superintendent of Public Instruction because Lena School District was chosen to host the Rural Schools Advisory Council Meeting in April. The school is planning to do a luncheon for the guests attending, which will include all CESA superintendents. With that the meeting was adjourned.
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