Superintendent Denney explained the budget information that will be presented to the Board later this evening. Our actual student enrollment and the actual foundation allowance could fluctuate in either direction in addition to not knowing what our fuel and utility costs. The best known estimate was provided. The percent of fund balance should come in a little higher after our audit is completed and any carryover of funds is completed. The tax rates will also remain the same as last year with no increases. Superintendent Denney reviewed the cutbacks the district has had to implement in the past few years. Due to the continuation of declining enrollment, the district had no choice than to lay off our teaching staff by nine. The district also secured grants this last year and purchased used equipment when available.
The Board and Superintendent Denney honored many of our student athlete’s academic achievements in earning Academic All Conference, District, Region and State Honors.
The information provided to the board referencing the summer athletic camps was approved.
Melissa Duffrin, our Title I Coordinator, was present this evening updating the board members on how well the program is going. The assessments given to the students in the program showed academic growth by almost a grade level.
Superintendent Denney reviewed the Quarterly Board Goals. Academically: countywide efforts are underway to find a good replacement for Data Director; Comet Lab has been a great addition to our middle school programming, supporting students in math and English, Language Arts; School Improvement is now reviewed throughout the year not just annually; we have a large number of students who choose to participate in any number of our student groups that promote positive behavior. Facilities: the elementary roof and entryway will be redone this summer; most of the very large repairs are complete and focus can now shift to the smaller projects such as gutters, sidewalks, parking lots, etc.
The board’s organizational meeting will be July 20.
Our annual membership with the Michigan High School Athletic Association was approved.
The Board has approved the superintendent to work with Allegiance Health and proceed with the hiring of a social worker in lieu of a part-time counselor.
The board has approved the superintendent to adjust the graduation requirements for the Virtual School program. The students must have 19 credits to receive diploma, or 22 credits if they want to walk with the graduating class.
Our technology services and needs have been provided to us for the past five years through the JCISD. It is time to renew that contract for an additional five years. The board has elected to have these services remain with the JCISD.
The Music Boosters elected officers must be approved annually by the Board to allow them coverage under our umbrella policy. The new officers were approved.
Isaac Cottrell presented some of the results received from ACT. Countywide comparisons were not available yet; however, our students were up in all categories compared to the State averages. Hanover-Horton seems to be doing very well.
Roofing bids were presented to the board for final approval. The board has granted Billy White for the elementary roofing project. The board also has given the approval for us to proceed with changing the entryway to the elementary and to enclose the structure.
The Proposed Property Tax Millage Rate was approved by the Board. This is an annual approval and it provided no change in the proposed levies.
The Board approved the 2014-2015 amended budget and the 2015-2016 budget adoption.
An annual resolution authorizing issuance of notes in anticipation of state school aid was approved. This allows us to borrow through the Michigan Municipal Bond Authority.
A retirement agreement with Penny Ousley was approved by the board.