GREEN The Green Board of Education ended the school year by hearing reports on permanent improvements, House Bill 264 Energy Savings and the final five-year installment plan.
Each report was explained in detail and highlights were presented for the board to view. The information will also be available on the school website, www.greenlocalschools.org.
Treasurer Eydie Snowberger gave her final five-year report as required by the state. She pointed out the main sources of school revenue are property taxes (62.3 percent), state aid (33 percent) and the remaining 4.7 percent coming from fees and investments.
She pointed out that state aid shows little chance of increasing while expenditures will continue to rise. While the system is staying within budget, starting next year the system will start deficit spending and by 2021 the school will be more than $4 million dollars in the red unless there are budget cuts or an additional levy.
Director of operations Wendall Jackson gave a detailed evaluation of what has occurred during the previous year. He cited various savings to the district, such as in energy with new installations of lighting in buildings. Additionally, installations of new security systems to better safeguard the schools were discussed as were improvements in the infrastructure.
One of the major upgrades was at the high school, where a new sound system was installed, replacing the old analog system that was originally installed when the school was built 20 years ago. Jackson also detailed improvements to athletic facilities, such as new drainage for the high baseball fields, bleachers at the freshman and 8th-grade fields and the addition of more shot and discus facilities at the track.
He also noted that he has roughly $817,000 dollars in his budget for such improvements, as 63 percent of the budget goes for fixed expenses with 10 percent kept in reserve for emergencies.
One other potential area of concern is the district’s bus fleet, which Jackson recommended as a target for possible replacements to older buses. Nearly one third of its fleet of 55 vehicles has 15 or more years of service.
Studies are underway to look into leasing buses with an option to purchase, but no decision has been made.
The next report covered House Bill 264 with Scott Ulrich highlighting how the savings the from program has benefited the school in terms of money and energy efficiency. His report supplements Jackson’s, as the director of operations addressed how the schools had benefited from energy savings over the past year.
In other business, the board:
• Honored Students of the Month Kerris Elrod (Greenwood), Sarah Saley (Green Primary), Lauren Leemaster (Green Intermediate), Sophia Miller (Green Middle) and Kayla Fisher and Marc Dawson (Green High). Bulldog Strong Staff members recognized were Samantha Stevens (Green Middle School) Lelania Perritt (Greenwood) and Marl Black (Transportation Department).
• Approved various bills, reports and five-year forecast as submitted by Snowberger. It also approved transfer of funds from the general fund to the Musical Theater Account in the amount of $2,316 to cover costs of tickets to staff and Green senior citizens.
• Approved the consent calendar. Superintendent Jeff Miller mentioned the hiring of new teachers Adam Greenwood and Kaitlyn King, both at Green Primary. He also recognized retiring secretary Theresa Binns, with 26 years of service, and custodian Raymond Timms, with 14 years of service.
• Heard a report from assistant superintendent Dan Lowmiller on the MAP testing by Northwest Evaluation Association for math in grades K-8. This information will be used in tracking student growth in math and for identifying gifted students in the subject, per state guidelines.
• Approved a package settlement with the city of Green related to compensation and tax increment financing, and a final contract with the Green Education Association. Miller mentioned that ongoing negotiations are also on track with the two other Green employee unions and should be. completed in the near future.
• The board then adjourned into executive session following member comments. The next board meeting will be June 26 at 6:30 p.m. in council chambers at the Central Administration Building.