Budget hearing saw no opposition from Aberdeen school patrons

The Aberdeen School District trustees held a public hearing on the school budget on Wednesday, June 18 at 6:30 p.m. No school patrons were in attendance to either oppose or approve of the proposed school budget for the 2014-2015 school year. The budget was approved as was presented.

The budget total is for $3,060,756. That is down from last year by about $200,000 and down by almost $2,000,000 from the school year 2011-2012. A full copy of the budget is available for public inspection at the district office.

Present at the hearing and following the regular school board meetings were chairman Herb Bohrer, Todd Lowder, Mike Shackelford and Braden Driscoll. Elaine Blik was absent.

Superintendent’s report

Superintendent Jane Ward reported the district yard sale held on Wednesday, June 11 made about $575. By selling the items they were able to sell the district reclaimed some needed storage space.

No applications have been received for a high school science teacher or pre-school special education teacher. If none were received for these two positions, Ward said she will propose a common prep period schedule to staff at the opening of the school year which would offer more classes for students.

She thanked those who participated in the high school graduation. She said all who participated did an excellent job and added she is very proud of the high school students.

The district held a retirement party for Daryl McCombs and Janet Hubbs. They will be greatly missed, she said.

All of the classroom teachers met their goal of every student showing academic growth, Ward said. The results will be placed on the website after July 1.

The custodians have been doing summer cleaning. All faculty and staff have been asked to make sure they clean out their rooms and throw away any items that are no longer usable.

Gary Krehbiel has replaced three heating/cooling units in the elementary school this past week.

The high school purchased some floor fans to use in the gym. Ward said they hope the use of the fans will make it more comfortable during volleyball practices and games.

Administrator reports

Special services director David Vaughn reported on the resignation of Sandy Kindt as a pre-school special education teacher. They have advertised and are looking for a qualified applicant. He said he has contacted other directors in the region and informed them of the opening.

Summer school finished on Friday, June 27. They served grades pre-kindergarten through the fourth grade. There were 88 students that attended. Vaughn has been observing classes and the students are receiving small group instruction in areas they have struggled.

No other administrators submitted reports to the trustees.

Consent items

The consent items consisting of: the approval of the May 21 regular meeting minutes, approval of the May claims, the May financial reports, the May county tax report, and the building budget reports were submitted. All consent items were approved by the trustees.

Business items

Board policies approved were: Administrative Personnel Evaluations; Employing Retired Administrators; Evaluations of Certificated Staff; Employing Retired Teachers; Group Health Insurance for Non- Certificated Employees; Employee Use of Electronic Communication and Social Media; Acceptable Use of Internet, Computer and Network Resources for Employees; Acceptable Use of Internet, Computer and Network; Resources for Employees: User Agreement; Guiding Principles; Accreditation (2014-15 School Year); and Special Education (IDEA).

The Transportation to School-Sponsored Activities policy was to remain as currently approved and Student Use of Electronic Communication and Entertainment Devices approval was postponed for further review at the Wednesday, July 9 regular board meeting and for approval at the August regular board meeting.

The job description for a technology technician was reviewed. It will be approved at the July meeting.

The resignation of teacher Sandra Kindt was accepted. She said in her resignation letter that she was grateful to have had the opportunity to work with and be welcomed by many wonderful staff. She added she has enjoyed getting to know the families and the community of Aberdeen. She has the opportunity to teach in a school environment that aligns more with her philosophy of education children.

Handbooks for the elementary, middle, and high schools were approved. A few changes were made over the handbooks used last year.

The one page version of the district strategic plan was presented and approved. The school district vision stated in the strategic plan is “The Vision of the Aberdeen School District is to provide the opportunities, encouragement, and facilities to ensure that each student reaches his or her maximum potential.” The mission statement is “The Mission of the Aberdeen School District is to provide a safe educational system that promotes excellence in teaching and learning essential curricula that meet State standards including strong programs in the arts and in activities.” The one page version also includes the school district beliefs, goals and WISE improvement plan indicators.

A letter was presented with an estimate for the roof repairs on the high school building. The bid totaled $97,500 to $103,500 plus or minus. The repairs would include removing the existing built-up roof material, identifying and replacing damaged sheathing (roof deck), installing a 60 mil thick TPO single-ply roofing membrane (least expensive) or a 60 mil PVC (best membrane) (both systems provide a 20 year leak free warranty), new wall flashing, new coping (cap over the top of the parapet wall) and replacing the existing roof drains. Nothing was done with the estimate because the district is waiting for more information and then will put the job out for bids.

Jared Reed submitted a proposal for a $5 fee per semester per student that will be using the weight room. He said within the last year over $40,000 was raised to update the weight equipment in the weight room.. It was much needed and long overdue. To keep the equipment in good shape and to replace broken or worn out equipment he proposed the fee. The athletic conditioning class does not get a classroom budget to work with. Rather than wait until the equipment is unusable and expect another community fundraiser, the money would go to buy new bars, plates, belts, re-upholster benches and other things needed done in the weight room. The $5 athletic conditioning room fee was approved.

Trustee input

Trustee Lowder said he felt good concerning the music program, the middle school play, and the sports program over the past year. He thanked all the educators, coaches, and athletes for what they have done.

Trustee Driscoll thanked Frank Dye, business manager, for the budget work he has done.

Trustee Shackelford said he liked the graduation and the students who spoke and sang during the program.

Chairman Bohrer heard on the news that all high school students will need to learn CPR and asked Ward to check it out. He felt this school year was a good year and things ran smoothly by administrators, teachers, and students doing what was needed. He felt graduation went well but that the sound system was inadequate so it was hard for him to hear what was presented. He also said the National Anthem should be played at the beginning of the graduation ceremony.

The meeting was adjourned until Wednesday, July 9 at 7 p.m.

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