At the monthly meeting of the Clay City Board of Education, held Monday June 25th at the Clay City High School, Superintendent Jim Jones was less than optimistic about the District receiving any more grant money from the state or federal government.
After reviewing the districtís finances Superintendent Jones stated that he believes the District will not receive all of the money it is owed by the state. And donít look for things to get better. For the next fiscal year, 2013, itís anticipated the District will receive around 89%, between $65,000 to $70,000 less than last year. Costs continue to go up as well. Jones noted that food cost and electricity were both up 6% each from last year. Believe it or not fuel and natural gas costs were down. Fuel by 5% and natural gas by 29%.
More discouraging news came when Jones said he believed that a federal School Improvement Grant will likely not be awarded to the District. Jones concluded that no news so far is probably bad news saying ì, if we would have received it we wouldíve likely have been notified already.î
And the application for the School Energy Efficiency Grant has been delayed as well. One issue is a question about funding received in 1999 and 2005. The State wants proof of how and where the money was used. Jones said the issue being discussed with the Districtís architect Lunsford Architects and Engineers of Carterville.
But Jones did discuss the new program through Southern Illinois University that is aimed at improving schools across the region. The program offers a wider array of options because the Board can see what works and doesnít in schools outside of their’s and neighboring districts.
Motions were then brought up in New Business. All getting unanimous approval.
A Co-Op agreement with West Richland Schools for Boy’s Baseball and Girl’s Softball fields through the 2013-14 school year.
Lunch prices went up 10 cents across the board. K-4th students $1.70, 5th-12th $2.00, and adults $2.45.
Registration fees will remain the same.
The Board did announce a new policy of taking parents or guardians to small claims court for not paying the registration fees.
In finance, the Board approved the prevailing wage rate and transferred and closed working cash and class funds. Approved a tentative budget for Fiscal Year 2013. And approved the Workerís Compensation Self Insurance Trust.
They approved the purchase of two buses from Central States Bus Sales, costing $29,335 combined.
They hired Ben Borries as the Activity Funds Custodian.
In scheduling, they updated the District’s Calendar to make Lincoln’s Birthday and Pulaski Day school days. And set the 4th Monday each month as the regular day for their board meetings at 7pm.
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