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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • School Board votes to republish budget

  • The school year is nearly over, but the Leavenworth School Board is republishing the 2013-14 district budget.
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    • Other business

      In other business Wednesday, the Leavenworth School Board:


      • Approved a staffing report listing various personnel changes i...

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      Other business

      In other business Wednesday, the Leavenworth School Board:



      • Approved a staffing report listing various personnel changes including the hiring of Hollie Becker as principal of David Brewer Elementary School for the next school year.



      • Approved a bid from Anderson Erickson Dairy for milk products for the 2014-15 school year. Using market driven pricing, it's estimated the total cost for the milk products will be $209,652.



      • Approved payment of 2015 membership dues for the Kansas Association of School Boards for $11,836. Board members also voted to renew membership with the KASB Legal Assistance Fund for $1,650.



      • Approved an advanced placement statistics class for the 2014-15 school year at Leavenworth High School. The purchase of 26 textbooks for the class will cost less than $3,100.

  • The school year is nearly over, but the Leavenworth School Board is republishing the 2013-14 district budget.
    That's because the district can receive additional funding following an audit by the Kansas State Department of Education.
    "We just recently completed our audit," Kevin Gullett, chief financial officer for the Leavenworth school district, said Wednesday.
    He said the audit looked at things such as enrollment and the number of students who qualify for free school lunches.
    Based on the audit, the district will be able to receive $54,794 in additional funding. But, getting the money requires republishing the budget and hosting a public hearing.
    "Republishing the budget doesn't change taxes," board vice president Marti Crow said.
    Gullett said the Leavenworth Virtual School had a larger enrollment than what originally had been anticipated in the budget, and most of the additional $54,794 will go to a virtual education fund.
    Interim Superintendent Bret Church said the district is required to put $47,975 of the additional money into the virtual education fund.
    Board members approved the republication Wednesday with a 6-0 vote. Board member Mike Carney was absent. Board member Paul Kittle participated by telephone.
    Board members also scheduled the public hearing on the republished budget for 6 p.m. June 18 at the school district's administrative building, 200 N. Fourth St.
    Board members will be able to approve the republished budget at the close of the hearing.
    Gullett also reviewed a timeline for preparing the 2014-15 budget. He suggested the board have a budget workshop Aug. 6.
    After the workshop, the budget could be published in the newspaper. Board members could have a public hearing on the 2014-15 budget Aug. 20.
    Also Wednesday, board members approved a resolution that will allow the refunding of school debt.
    Gullett likened the process, which would involve the issuance of refunding bonds, to refinancing a mortgage.
    He does not yet know how much the school district could save. He said school officials will only go through with the process if the district will save $400,000 or more.
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