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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • District to receive additional money

  • When they met Monday, Leavenworth school board members approved the publication of a notice of a hearing for amending the current school year's budget. They also looked at some of the things that may impact the budget in future years.
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      When they met Monday, Leavenworth school board members approved the following action:

      They approved the purchase of 571 used iPad 3s as well as cases and other accessari...
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      In other business
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      When they met Monday, Leavenworth school board members approved the following action:

      They approved the purchase of 571 used iPad 3s as well as cases and other accessaries for $267,702. Most of the expense, $258,917, will be paid for with money from the district's capital outlay fund. The remaining $8,784 will be paid for with federal funds. The used iPads are being purchased from the Goodland school district. The accessaries are being purchased from other sources. The iPad purchase is the second phase of a district digital transition plan. The iPads will be used at West Intermediate School. The vote was 5-2 with board members Nancy Klemp and Loyal Torkelson voting against the motion.

      They approved miscellaneous pay rates for jobs such as teaching driver education, teaching homebound students and teaching summer school. The hourly rates will be frozen at their current levels for the upcoming school year.

      They approved a resolution to not renew the teaching contract Jean DeHaven for the 2013-2014 school year. Board members previously had approved a resolution to notify DeHaven of their intent. Monday's resolution was the final action in the matter.

      They approved a staffing report. The report lists various personnel changes including the resignation of Associate Superintendent Eric Punswick. His resignation will be effective June 30. The staffing report was approved with a vote of 4-3 with Klemp, Torkelson and Mo Minchew voting against it.
  • When they met Monday, Leavenworth school board members approved the publication of a notice of a hearing for amending the current school year's budget. They also looked at some of the things that may impact the budget in future years.
    School officials want to amend the 2012-2013 budget because of an increase in the district's enrollment.
    The district receives funding from the state based on its number of students. The 2012-2013 budget originally was published before an official enrollment count was taken.
    Kevin Gullett, chief financial officer for the district, said enrollment increased by more than 90 children. This means the district can receive about $384,000 in additional funding.
    But in order to take advantage of the additional funding, the district has to amend the budget.
    "This does not raise taxes on anyone," Gullett said.
    He said district officials knew the enrollment had increased after a September enrollment count. But they had to wait until an audit was completed in April before republishing the budget.
    He said there also will be an increase in special education funding because of increases in staff for the Leavenworth County Special Education Cooperative.
    He said the district will receive an additional $250,000 in funding for special education. But that money will go to the cooperative. The Leavenworth school system is the host district for the cooperative which includes other school districts in the county.
    The cooperative's budget, which appears as part of the Leavenworth district's budget, is increasing in total by about $600,000. This increase also is reflected in the republished budget.
    Board members must hold a public hearing before they can approve an amended budget. During Monday's meeting, they approved publishing a notice in the Leavenworth Times of a June 17 public hearing to discuss amending the budget. Board members will be able to vote on the amended budget at the close of that hearing.
    Gullett said district officials don't plan on spending the additional $384,000 this school year. He said the money will be transfered to another fund, or funds, so it can be spent next year.
    Beth Mattox, director of accounts and reports, reviewed a proposed a timeline for approving the budget for the next school year. She proposed that board members have budget workshop in early August, and at that time approve the publishing of a proposed 2013-2014 budget. She said board members then can have a public hearing on that budget during an Aug. 19 meeting before approving it.
    Mattox and Gullett reviewed some of the things that might impact next year's budget including a decrease in assessed valuation in the district.
    Gullett said a 2 percent decrease in assessed valuation could result in a decrease of funding of $250,000 if the district's mill rate stays flat. An mill levy increase of 1.402 mills could offset this.
    Page 2 of 2 - "We may have to increase our contributions (for the Leavenworth County Special Education Cooperative)," Gullett said.
    He said the district also may have to pay more next year for things such as utilities.
    He also noted the district will spend about $1 million more this year from its capital outlay fund than the revenue that was generated for the fund. The capital outlay fund pays for things such a building maintenance projects and the purchase of equipment.
    "We cannot continue spending $1 million more than we're taking in," he said, or the fund will go bankrupt.
    And something that's looming for the 2014-2015 school year is the possible additional expense of more than $1 million associated with meeting requirements of the federal health care law, according to Gullett.
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