Board Highlights
March 10, 2003

Held a hearing with a student and parent over an attendance concern. By policy, excessive tardies may cause a student to be dropped from a class. The student was granted a final opportunity to remain in the class.

Heard a presentation from a group of 5th Grade students about a rain forest project and approved the student's request to sell T-shirts to support their efforts to preserve the rain forest.

Tabled until a future meeting an Early Graduation Request from a student who would be eligible to graduate at the end of the first semester of the 2003-04 school year.

Held a second reading and approved proposed Board Policy 400, which is a preamble statement of guiding principles for the policy series on staff personnel.

Received and discussed a sample policy and an initial draft of a proposed policy that would guide the board in decisions regarding the naming of school buildings and/or facilities. The board took no action and directed the superintendent to seek additional information from other schools in the AEA 5 area. The board asked Mr. Kinley to bring a preliminary draft of a policy to the April meeting for further discussion.

Adopted the 2003-04 School Calendar. The first day of classes for the 2003-04 school year will be Thursday, August 21. Winter break will be December 24-January 4 with a return to classes on January 5, 2004. Spring break will be held from March 17-19, 2004. The last day of school is scheduled to be May 25, 2004. Commencement is scheduled for Saturday, May 29, 2004.

Approved a request from Board Secretary Susan Headley to void a $15 check written last July that has never been deposited.

Approved the negotiated agreement with the South Hamilton Education Association for the 2003-04 school year.

Appointed board members Vicki Hill and Marcia Anderson, Supt. Kinley and board secretary Sue Headley to serve on the Support Staff Salary Committee. The committee will meet and bring recommendations to the board for consideration at its April meeting.

Approved the purchase of 100 student lockers to replace existing lockers in the north hallway of the school. The board also approved the purchase of replacement lockers for the junior high boy's and varsity girl's locker rooms. Both projects will be completed this summer. The lockers will be purchased with PPEL funds.

Supt. Kinley conducted a budget workshop with the board and discussed the development of the 2003-04 fiscal year budget. The preliminary budget proposal includes maximum expenditures from all funds of $7,587,152.  The proposed total property tax rate for all funds would be $13.29 per $1000 of taxable valuation, the same rate as the current property tax rate.

The board set the date for the public hearing on 2003-04 budget for Monday evening, April 7 at 7:00 p.m. in the district boardroom. The board also set April 7 as the date for a public hearing on an amendment to the current budget for the 2002-03 fiscal year. The board approved publication of the proposed budget and the 2002-03 budget amendment as required by law.

The board approved a budget guarantee resolution in the amount of $29,528. This resolution allows the board to levy for the shortfall in state aid caused by declining enrollment or reduced allowable growth. This is the third year the district has been eligible for the budget guarantee and the board has approved the resolution.

The board plans to conduct its evaluation of the superintendent at the April 14 regular meeting.