The Hutsonville Unit 1 School District is looking at a strong fiscal year after approving the FY 2020 budget during Monday night's board of education meeting.
The budget reflects revenues of $4,789,055 and $4,862,610 in expenses. Superintendent Julie Kraemer noted the budget does reflect a negative amount of $73,555, but that is only if all money is spent. Kraemer noted that this budget includes the purchase of two buses, some tech hardware for the distance learning classes, and money for the Greenhouse project.
A significant number pointed out by Trustee Chad Guyer is the $1,447,281 ending balance. "In years past we have struggled to have $1,000,000 in there," Guyer said.
The budget was approved after a brief hearing.
Along with the budget, Kraemer discussed the new funding formula, the 25 research based elements identified in the new formula and this year an EBF spending plan must also be submitted. She explained that the formula is not yet fully funded and it may take years to reach full funding, however the district has begun to work on a strategic plan going forward using local prioritizes and the 25 elements. This work will continue to be completed by a team of administrators and teachers.
Grade School Principal Robin Karras reported good attendance for the open house at the grade school and junior high. She also noted that parent teacher conferences will be Oct. 17 and 18.
High School Principal, Travis Titsworth reported on the recent artwork done by the Art Club, and Terrific Tiger awards were presented to KT Nessly and Olivia Teska, for the extra time the spent on Saturday to finish the sensory path leading into the grade school.
Board President Tina Callaway also noted that art teacher Angela Compton continues to put back into the school. "She is always sharing her talents with our students and we can't thank her enough," Callaway said.
The entire district conducted an active shooter drill successfully, we will continue to debrief and learn from these drills.
There will be a check presentation of $10,000 from the Monsanto/Bayer grant on Sept. 24, between the JV and varsity game.
In regular business the board directed posting of public information Unit 1 website, and had first readings on several policy changes.
In personnel matters the board hired Cheryl Cribelar part-time, Kelsie Adams as fifth-sixth cheer sponsor, and Lora Smith as custodian. Resignations were accepted from Susan Kaufman CCPI, and Shawna Heldebrandt as junior high volleyball and softball coach.
The next scheduled meeting will be Monday, Oct. 16.