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Paynesville Press - June 16, 2004

School board approves budget

By Michael Jacobson

The Paynesville Area School Board took the following actions at their meeting on Tuesday, June 8.

*The board approved a budget for the 2004-05 school year. The budget projects a $31,700 deficit for the next school year, whose budget starts in July 2004. Superintendent Howard Caldwell, who prepared the budget with new superintendent Todd Burlingame, told the board that the budget was conservative and would need to be updated, as usual, during the coming school year.

Caldwell said he hoped that the district would do better financially this year (2003-04) than the budget predicted. The district will have a better estimate of its 2003-04 finances after the fiscal year ends at the end of June. It will know for sure when the annual audit is completed next fall.

2004-05 Budget
Fund Revenue Expenditures

General $8,418,728 $8,450,392

Food Service $389,200 $405,191

Comm. Ed. $256,582 $2249,274

Debt Redemption $849,779 $812,668

2003-04 Budget
Fund Revenue Expenditures

General $8,563,919 $8,613,557

Food Service $380,200 $404,485

Comm. Ed. $244,815 $262,143

Debt Redemption $858,245 $818,709

*The board accepted a resignation request from Cal Davidson, a part-time art teacher, at the conclusion of the 2003-04 school year.

*The board approved a request from the "Keep the Quality" Education Foundation to raise funds for summer band lessons. The cost of a full six-week lesson schedule would be $2,677. If less is raised, the board approved offering as many hours as possible.

*The board approved hiring Tim Woehler, a middle school teacher, as the head wrestling coach for the 2004-05 school year. Woehler has been a junior high coach in the wrestling program for several years. He replaces Virg Vagle, who retired after 38 years.

*The board approved an adjustment in the hours of instructional assistant Patty Beier from 6.25 hours per day to five hours per day. Due to cuts in Title I funds, the district has had to reduce the hours of its instructional assistants.

*The board approved a substitute contract for custodian Kathleen Faber for two weeks of work in June 2004.

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