With the start of the new school year the Hutsonville Board of Education got a look at the 2019-20 budget and finalized a number of personnel changes during Monday night's meeting.
Originally, Superintendent Julie Kraemer reported the FY2019-20 budget was expected to show a $132,366 deficit, but on further review by the board it may show a positive final balance, and still include the purchase of two buses and maybe even a van.
While reviewing the budget numbers, Board President Tina Callaway questioned an amount for pension and retirement that looked too high. Upon review Kraemer said she believes she had added an extra zero changing the real number from around $16,000 to $160,000. The budget will be on display in the unit office for 30 day, and is expected to be corrected and approved at the Sept. 23 meeting.
Both principals reported things were going well after the first two days of student attendance. The new cafeteria system is working out and it was noted that students like the choices and less food is going to waist.
A greenhouse for the agriculture department is a couple of steps closer after the district received a Bayer Fund-2019 America's Farmers Grow Rural Education grant for $10,000.
Receiving of the grant cleared the way for a Hutsonville Farmers and Merchants Bank donation of $5,000, and a possible United Way Grant. The original project was expected to cost around $32,000, but work donated over the summer during the United Way Day of Caring to install water and electric lines reduced the cost of the project down to around $25,000. Grants and donation have been secured to cover around $23,500. Donations are still welcome to the Ag program to cover the costs of equipping the greenhouse and other teaching tools and equipment.
Open house is scheduled for Sept. 10. It provides the opportunity to visit student's classrooms, meet teachers and learn about the student management software program that will help them monitor their students' progress, as well as the updates to the PBIS program.
The student accident insurance is an online form again this year, and they may also choose to purchase a 12 month Chromebook Replacement Insurance from a third party vendor.
It was reported that Rick Catt from First Robinson Savings Bank, has donated money that will pay for 100 students to receive a book each month.
In personnel matters the board approved the resignation of Roselene Quick, Nickki Wallace and Trent Olson. Hired were Amy Hines as high school softball coach, Mr. Hibbard as sophomore class sponsor, Brittany Stone as teacher's aide, Brett Burkett as high school baseball coach and Riley Ogle as junior varsity basketball coach.
The board also approved the extra duty roster, and hired Brittany Sanchez as high school ELA long term sub, Stephenie Weaver as junior high/high school physical education long term substitute, Audrey Glidewell as high school teacher upon completion of student teaching, and transferred Kelly Hargis from long term sub to teacher's aide.
The next scheduled meeting will be Sept. 23 to allow for 30 day budget review.