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Linn County Leader - Brookfield, MO
  • R-3 Board Approves Budget

  • The Brookfield R-3 Board of Education met twice this month, in both regular and special sessions. Over the course of two meetings, the Board accepted some resignations, hired some teachers, and approved insurance costs and a budget for the coming school year.
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  • The Brookfield R-3 Board of Education met twice this month, in both regular and special sessions. Over the course of two meetings, the Board accepted some resignations, hired some teachers, and approved insurance costs and a budget for the coming school year.
    On June 2, the Board accepted the resignations of Ben Jackson and Kim Dinsmore; these were both accepted unanimously. The Board also, in a Closed Session, hired:  Drew Passley – Middle School Physical Education and Health, Jane Schmitz – First Grade, and Megan Clarkson – Middle School Language Arts.
    The Board also voted, by a 4-2 margin, to eliminate the part-time Vocational Marketing position in the Linn County Area Career and Technical Center. The nay votes were Dennis Fletcher and Marc Amer.
    The Board voted unanimously to raise the base salary by $250 for certified staff. This moves said salary to $28,250 for the coming school year. They also voted to allow horizontal and vertical movement on the salary schedule for all certified staff as well. Non-certified staff also received a raise, averaging three percent, for the 2014-15 school year as well.
    The Board unanimously accepted the bid from agent Jason Weydert and Anthem Blue Cross, with a 10 percent increase in premiums, for the District’s health insurance. The increase in cost, according to the District, includes Affordable Care Act price increases, and has the same benefits as the 2013-14 plan.
    The Board also met Wednesday night of this week, with all Board members present. Due to a lack of public attendance, the meeting was held in Superintendent Dr. Paul Barger’s office.
    A program evaluation was held concerning the District’s health services. In the report, Dr. Barger summarized the role of Teresa Doss, the School Nurse, and the various roles she plays in the District. It was noted that she is responsible for the medications for students in the District, has helped instruct first aid and CPR for the staff, and other various responsibilities as well. Dr. Barger commended Doss for her work, noting that he was impressed with the work she does for the students and staff in the District.
    The Board then unanimously approved the bids for Property, Liability, Worker’s Compensation, and Fleet Insurance for the District. All bids approved were from Continental Western, through DeVoy-Baker Insurance. The property insurance cost the District $75,687, liability insurance cost $21,701, Worker’s Compensation insurance cost $40,204, and fleet insurance cost $13,599. The District had to switch fleet insurance providers, as State Farm no longer insures busses.
    The Board unanimously approved the budget for the 2014-15 school year. Looking at the budget, revenues for Fund One were set at $4,701,024, with expenses set at $3,867,806. Revenues in Fund Two were set at $5,727,540, with expenditures set at $6,276,711. In Fund Three, revenues were set at $491,000, with expenditures set at $436,320. In Fund Four, revenues were set at $129,306, with expenditures set at $250,883.
    Page 2 of 2 - Overall, and counting Funds One, Two, and Four; the District is operating with revenues at $10,557,870, and expenditures of $10,395,400. These numbers were attained by eliminating Fund Three, which is the debt service budget, and is not used for anything else by the District. If one adds back in the deficit that Fund Three is running at, however, the District is still in the black by $40,893 for the 2014-15 school year.
    Dr. Barger noted that the budget was constructed with the following guidelines:  a 1.5 percent increase in assessed valuations, preliminary tax rates at 4.0905 for Fund One, and 0.6600 in Fund Three. A Foundation Formula proration at 96 percent, an increase in state transportation revenue of $20,000, and keeping Title and Special Education funding at the same levels as last year.
    The budget added raises for certified staff in the amount of $140,000, non-certified staff in the amount of $26,000; and added a High School Social Studies teacher, Middle School At-Risk teacher, and a new Elementary teacher, all at the cost of $96,000.

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