The Oblong Unit 4 Board of Education put the final pieces of the puzzle for the upcoming school year into place at its meeting Monday.
The board approved a tentative budget for the 20i8-19 school year and set a hearing date of Monday, Sept. 20 at 5:50 p.m. The budget will now be open at the unit office for public review.
"We're projecting a balanced budget this year," Unit 4 Superintendent Jeff Patchett said. "The last few years have been really painful and a lot of people made a lot of cuts and sacrifices to make the budget work for a few years. But this year we've seen an increase in general state aid and a small increase in enrollment and hopefully there is some light at the end of the tunnel."
The board also approved the district teacher evaluation plan and certified teacher job description as well as the substitute teacher, aide, custodian and bus driver lists.
In personnel matters, the board hired Kendra Ridlen as special education director.
The board also hired DeeAnna Jennings as grade school aide, Gail Russel as junior high girls basketball coach and Cade Fulling as high school assistant football coach.
Caleb Wartsbaugh and Aaron Ikemire were approved as volunteer assistant junior high softball coaches.
Also, the board approved the proposed accounting and distribution of an estate gift from an anonymous donor. Patchett told the Daily News this donor had been making gifts to the district for a number of years and believed it was best to not seek extra attention and preferred to remain anonymous. He continued the donor's estate was being divided equally between Oblong schools, Lincoln Trails College and the Shriner's Hospital in Louisville, Ky.
Patchett said while the plans were not totally set, the hope was some of the money would be used to meet some immediate needs like replacement of desks and other student equipment and the rest set aside to earn some interest for long-term needs similar to how the Parker Grant is used by the district.
The board approved:
The insurance compensation package for the district portion.
Non-certified salary compensation schedule for the 2018-19 school year.
The 2018-19 administrative compensation report.
Certified and non-certified substitute pay schedule.
The next regular school board meeting will be Thursday, Sept. 20 at 6 p.m. in the Oblong Elementary School Oblong Room.