April 8, 2002
Held a public hearing for the 2002-03 Proposed Budget for the school district. The board certified the 2002-03 budget with estimated revenues of $6,794,519 and estimated expenditures of $7,482,424. The approved tax levy will be $13.29 per thousand dollars of assessed valuation.
Adopted a resolution allowing the district to participate in the ISCAP program for 2002-03.
Approved a request from Traci Clabaugh, representing the Park Equipment committee, to rent the school kitchen/cafeteria facilities to hold two fundraisers this spring.
Gave final approval to a Junior High Athletic Proposal that will result in changes in the scheduling for junior high boys and girls basketball and wrestling, improves the coach/player ratio during practice time, creates more equity in floor practice time, places an increased emphasis on skill development, increases opportunities for meaningful playing time for participants by increasing the number of game opportunities for basketball players, and providing 7th grade boys an opportunity to wrestle and play basketball if they choose to do so.
Accepted the low bid of $53,161 from School Bus Sales of Waterloo for the purchase of a 65 passenger transit style bus for the 2002-03 school year.
Discussed issues that impact the 2002-03 school calendar. These include the fact the IHSAA has now moved the starting date for high school football practice up to August 14. It was noted that all other schools in the conference will be starting school on either August 19, 21 or 22. The board approved calendar for next year indicates an August 26 starting date. The board agreed to revisit the calendar at the May meeting.
Received a report from activities director Todd Coy and principal Steve Gray on a proposed increase in admissions to district football games to $3 per student and the HOIAC conference is considering doing the same for the non-district games. The board discussed the possibility of increasing the cost of the adult punch card by $5 for next year, but took no action. This item will be placed on the May agenda for further consideration and possible action.
In personnel items, the board accepted the resignations of the following staff members:
The board approved a proposal from the Door and Fence Store in the amount of $6,392 to replace the backstop at the baseball field. The board tabled action on accepting any bids for carpet replacement at the high school until the May meeting. The vendors will be contacted and asked to clarify measurements and pricing options.
Approved the negotiated agreement with the South Hamilton Education Association for the 2002-03 school. The agreement includes a $300 increase on the base salary for new teachers. Starting salary for a new teacher in the district next year will be $23,800. The total package (salary and benefits) reflects a 3.17% increase.
Granted approval for the administration to move ahead with planning a garage sale of school equipment items to coincide with the community garage sales planned for May 4 and May 11.
Held a second reading and approved the revisions to Board Policy Series 200 - Board of Directors.
Held a second reading and approved the renewal of the district's early retirement policies for the certified teaching staff and for administrative and support staff.
Set Monday evening,
April 22 at 7:00 p.m. as the date and time for the support staff salary
committee to meet. Selwyn Rash and Dave Carlson will serve on this committee
with Supt. Kinley. The committee will present recommendations to the board
at its May meeting.
Gave approval to a request to hold a Speech Awards Program on Sunday afternoon, April 28, pending approval from the ministerial association.
Approved a request for the participants in the state Future Problem Solving competition to stay overnight due to the scheduling of competition activities.
Granted approval of a temporary fund transfer of approximately $55,000 from the PPEL fund to the Debt Service Fund. The amount will be repaid after tax revenues are received.
scheduling of the Play Hard Sports Volleyball Camp to be held in the South
Hamilton school gymnasium August 6-8. Students in grades 7-12 are the targeted
audience for this camp.
The board held a follow-up discussion on the issues and questions raised at the March 26 public forum regarding recent discussions with neighboring districts about planning for future educational opportunities. The board felt the community feedback was very positive about these discussions and encouraged the board to continue their efforts to move forward. The board is very interested in continuing these discussions and directed the superintendent to contact the neighboring boards and indicate this interest.
Elementary Principal Paul Hemphill reported on the following:
Mr. Gray received board support to investigate the possibility of scheduling an early-bird PE class next year. This option will be studied and if feasible, will be presented to the Board in May.
Supt. Kinley reported to the board on the following: