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Linn County Leader - Brookfield, MO
  • R-5 Approves Budget

  • The Marceline R-5 Board of Education met in regular session on Monday night with all Board members present. The meeting saw the passing of the budget for the new fiscal year, as well as the acceptance of various bids.
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  • The Marceline R-5 Board of Education met in regular session on Monday night with all Board members present. The meeting saw the passing of the budget for the new fiscal year, as well as the acceptance of various bids.
    The meeting was called to order at 5 p.m. sharp by President Tom Hauser, and there was no public participation. Under Acknowledgements and Thank-You’s, Superintendent Dr. Gabe Edgar recognized Tom Lodder and the District’s transportation staff for their 100 percent rating on the recent bus inspections.
    The consent calendar, which contained the resignations of Dave Ankeney (trip driver) and Janet Russell (paraprofessional), was approved unanimously. The motion and second were from Judy Toops and Matt Cupp, respectively.
    The new Career Ladder plan, which was discussed last month, was approved unanimously. The motion and second were from Cupp and Cindi Black-Rodgers. This plan may be amended in the future, as the Administration is working on refining the plan even further.
    A list of surplus items in the District was presented to the Board by Dr. Edgar. The items were approved unanimously to be made surplus officially, and to be sold by the District. The motion and second came from Cupp and Toops. Interested parties can contact the District’s Central Office at 376-3371 to inquire about items for sale.
    Once again this year, the only bread bid came from Bimbo Bakeries of Kansas City, Ks. The cost is $1.96 per 24 ounce loaf, $1.76 for 12-count hamburger buns, $1.81 per 16-count hot dog buns, and $2.40 per eight-count whole wheat buns. Delivery happens once per week.
    In milk bids, Dr. Edgar recommended the higher bid from Prairie Farms/Central Dairy. This bid was $640.75 higher than the bid from Anderson Erickson Dairy. Dr. Edgar noted that this bid was accepted due to Central Dairy being closer to the District, and some service problems with the other bidders when they had the District’s services in past years. The bread bid did not need to be voted on, as it was a lone bid; and the milk bid from Prairie Farms/Central Dairy for a total of $47,005.75 was accepted unanimously after a motion and second by Toops and Kim Corbin, respectively.
    The Board then reviewed the results of the latest round of exit interviews. This is the fourth year of this program’s existence, and according to Dr. Edgar, this year saw the most turnover as it relates to exit interviews. Dr. Edgar noted that the suggestions made by these, now former, employees are being taken under consideration.
    Next, the Board considered bids for a pair of new copiers and copier service in the District. The Board did not usually approve the copier purchases in the District, as they fall under the amount needed for their approval. However, Dr. Edgar sought to bid the services this time, and to purchase more than one copier. The bid from Data Comm was 77 cents higher than the bid from GFI Digital. However, Data Comm has worked with the District in the past, so Dr. Edgar recommended accepting their bid. The cost to the District is $438.90 per month for the copiers, and a cost of $0.005 per black and white copy.  This bid also included moving to a quarterly payment, as opposed to monthly payments, and was accepted unanimously after a motion and second from Cupp and Corbin.
    Page 2 of 2 - The new list of Career Ladder teachers was approved next, with a cost of $51,550 to the District. The cost last year was $49,720. The cost increase, according to Dr. Edgar, was due to the movement by teachers to higher levels on the ladder this year. Board members Cupp and Corbin abstained from voting on this matter due to relatives on the list. The measure passed 5-0-2 after a motion and second by Toops and Black-Rodgers.
    The student handbooks for Walt Disney Elementary and Marceline Middle/High School were approved by the Board after a motion and second by Black-Rodgers and Lex Cavanah, respectively.
    The budget for the 2014-15 school year was approved next. Dr. Edgar noted, however, that the recent developments in Jefferson City between the Legislature and the Governor were not reflected in the presented document. Dr. Edgar relayed that if the current tensions in the Capital have any effect on the District, that they would more-than-likely hit the Prop C funds, which could take away some monies, despite the District’s Hold Harmless status.
    The budget was constructed with an assumed increase in property values of one percent, and a proration on the Foundation Formula of 95.5 percent. The tax levy, for budget making, remained at $4.001, and the debt service levy remained at $0.8000. The R-5 District is in the black by $314,394 with this budget.
    New capital expenditures for the current fiscal year include:
    Babies for the Family and Consumer Sciences classes - $5,000
    Equipment for Vocational Agriculture - $3,500
    A Band Instrument - $10,000
    A server for interactive and distance learning - $1,500
    A Gator for the Maintenance Department - $8,000
    Bus payments - $47,869
    Food Service equipment - $5,000
    Buildings and Facilities - $80,000
    Dr. Edgar noted that the budget did not include items such as: a new school vehicle, the student parking lot, and some supplies (totaling $50,000) requested for classrooms. Due to declining enrollment, and the District having a Hold Harmless designation, Marceline only lost $38,000 as a result of their attendance figures. The budget was approved unanimously, after a motion and second by Toops and Charlie Jobson.

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