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Paynesville Press - December 27, 2006

School board updates budget for 2006-07

By Addi Larson

The Paynesville Area School Board took the following actions at their meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 19.

*The board approved its tax levy for 2007, set at $1.575 million, up 8.14 percent from 2006, when the school levy was $1.456 million. (See separate story.)

*The board approved a revised budget for the 2006-07 school year. The overall budget, compared to the original budget passed in June, now has a projected deficit of $124,000, up from a original deficit of $36,000. The biggest change is the general fund, now budgeted for a deficit of nearly $77,000, up from an original deficit of $3,000. Revenue for the general fund was now projected nearly $78,000 lower for the current fiscal year than it was in June, while estimated expenditures were down only $4,000.

2006-07 Revised Budget
FundRevenue Expenditures
General$8,431,580 $8,508,479
Food Service$418,470 $465,067
Community Ed.$357,013 $347,267
Capital$311,032 $311,458
Debt Redemption$818,284 $828,153
TOTAL$10,336,379 $10,460,424

2006-07 Original Budget
FundRevenue Expenditures
General$8,509,486 $8,512,479
Food Service$424,900 $421,795
Community Ed.$357,960 $355,276
Capital$304,078 $300,499
Debt Redemption$780,522 $823,200
TOTAL$10,376,946 $10,413,249

*The board directed administration to look at budget adjustments for the 2007-08 school year. Superintendent Todd Burlingame said the goal is for the district to stay within a six to eight percent fund balance.

*The board met in the afternoon t the middle school in order to meet with the youth advisory councils from PAHS and PAMS.

The high school board members spoke first, on issues including school beautification, student use of the fitness center, school lunch items, suggestions of prerequisites to advanced classes, and a proposed mural painting in the school. The high school youth advisory council concluded with a video, considered for school-wide broadcasting, of themselves in comedic sketches and of school journalism.

The middle school youth advisory council played their video, which aired school-wide last month. Students spoke on issues including fitness center use, the boys' locker room, school lunch portions, school library checkout, English as a Second Language (ESL), computer training, honor roll, art class offerings, gym class grading, community improvement, hockey training, and school lunch items.

*The board heard a request for funding by cheerleading coaches Robyn Spaeth and Sandy Spanier. School funding for cheerleading was eliminated in the 2003-04 school year, and for the past four years the program has been self-funded. Raising these funds takes most of the time for the participants, Spaeth and Spanier told the board. If the school would support the coaching salaries again, the fundraising by the cheerleaders could go solely for their uniforms and equipment.

*The board approved promoting Deb Bennett to elementary head cook, replacing Mary Solum, who is retiring in February.

*The board approved a contract change for Deb Bengston to work 7.5 hours per day as an elementary school cook, effective Feb. 16, 2007.

*The board approved an employee assignment for Tricia Buggs, ECFE teacher, for the second session of the 2006-07 school year.

*The board set a meeting date of Tuesday, Jan. 16, for their only meeting in January.

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