Board revises budget...again

This article submitted by Linda Stelling on 7/3/96.

Superintendent Howard Caldwell recommended the Paynesville School Board approve a revised budget for the 1996-97 school year.

Caldwell informed the board at their Tuesday night meeting, that the capital needs expenses changed from the June 11 meeting. "The facilities and equipment needs committee met and revised their expenses. Many items were not identified until late in the spring season," he said.

Caldwell recommended adding about $9,225 in expenses to the general fund. Among the expenses identified were the purchase of a new port-a-pit, $2,800; lawn and tree trimming, $1,800; a groomer costs $1,500 more than expected and the gym wall padding.

In regards to the tree and hedge trimming, Caldwell informed the board that it has been a long time since this was done. "We don't have the staff or expertise to do this. In the future, we will try to do it on a more regular basis," he added.

In other business the board approved the continued use of the existing checkwriter plate until new board officers are selected and a new plate is obtained.

Under information sharing, John Janotta, high school principal, informed the board that in going over discipline reports, there were about 50 suspensions this year compared to only 10 a few years ago. "Many dealt with how students deal with one another," he said. "Many were repeated occurrences." Janotta recently attended a workshop on violence and said he picked up some good information.

Steve Brisendine, community education, said there are two vehicles on the road with 60 students taking behind the wheel training this summer. Another 38 students finished the classroom lessons.

Larry Fleck reported the negotiations with the principals is moving along. "We seem to be undecided on one issue, retirement," he added.

At the end of the meeting, Fleck presented Tony Stalboerger, outgoing board member, with a school bell and plaque for his nine years of service to the school board.

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