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Sturgeon R-V School district approves audit

Posted on Wednesday, December 1, 2021 at 5:25 am

The Sturgeon R-V School District bank balance is looking a little better and there might be some changes on the school board.

That is one of the take outs from the district’s November 17 school board meeting.

Board members heard a report from Amy Watson, with Gerding, Korte & Chitwood CPAs.

According to the meeting’s draft minutes Watson said the district finished the fiscal year with a 43.1 percent fund balance, up from last year’s 37.92 percent.

The audit also states the district had $12,113,196 I total cash receipts for the year, including $4,732,320 in cash and investments in the investments column. It had $9,535,094 in total expenditures for the fiscal year. Expenditures include $5,002,274 in student instruction and instruction-related activities such as transportation, building-level administration and food services.

The board unanimously, minus Denise Flaspohler who was absent, unanimously approved the audit.

They also passed a budget amendment which a slide presentation given by R-V Superintendent Melia reflects new financial realities for the district, such as a lower district deficit. The original budget projected a deficit of $134,514.74.

The amended budget shows the district facing a smaller deficit, $95,91742. It also reflects possible increased income which could help reduce the deficit, such more revenue from the federal Seamless Summer program which reimburses for all student meals and the federal ESSER, Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief III funds which, according to Franklin’s presentation can be used to fund salaries and benefits.

It also reflects a $1,363.462 increase in the district’s assessed valuation, an estimated $54,856.85increase in local receipts and a $0.023 decrease in the projected tax rate.

In other business board members voted to approve early graduation for Sturgeon High School three seniors, “seniors contingent on the completion of required credits and other requirements.”

The board also set the stage for the electing new board members.

They unanimously approved new dates and hours to file for the two possible vacancies on the R-V school board. The board unanimously to open board filing for candidates 8:15 a.m., Tuesday Dec.7 December 7.  According to the meeting’s draft minutes, “Filing hours will be 8:15 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Tuesday – Friday except days school is not in session due to inclement weather or scheduled days off.”

Filing will temporarily be closed for Christmas break, Tuesday, Dec.7 then reopen, Tuesday Dec. 28, then close 5 p.m., December 28.

Franklin said there are three seats open. Kevin Smith and Jill Halliburton’s three-year terms are up. Ben Pollock’ one year term is also up.

Besides learning this year’s R-V Santa’s Breakfast is Saturday, December 4 at the K-8 cafeteria at the Proctor Street campus, and the K-2 elementary Christmas concert is Thursday, Dec. 9 at the high school, they also voted to

  • Terminate Amanda Hubbard’s employment

* Accept Alarm Communications Center’s estimate of $3,118 to install the card readers/fob system on the Vo-Ag/Weight Room building. This will be paid for with bond proceeds.