United superintendent presents balanced budget

Sheila Pressley Aledo Times Record

MONMOUTH — Five United school board members attended the July 14 regular meeting in the Unit Office. 

Superintendent Jeff Whitsitt presented the 2017 fiscal year district budget. 

"I am fairly confident of the revenues; there will be less tweaking there than in the expenditures,” he said. “It was my intent to present a balanced budget." 

Revenues are estimated at $10,767,646 while expenditures are estimated at $10,424,387 for a difference of $343,259.

In further discussion of finances, Whitsitt added, "While I appreciate the legislators’ efforts, it is important to note that we still are not getting what the formula should be providing us." 

Sept. 8 was approved for the budget hearing.

The conditions of withdrawal of Galesburg District 205 from the Knox-Warren Special Education Cooperative were tabled due to legal language.

The Administrative Compensation Report was approved. The district is obligated to post salaries and benefits of the administration on the internet.

The second reading of Section 7 of the Policy Manual was tabled until the next meeting.

Whitsitt discussed bus routing changes for students at the West campus. No decisions were made.

He told board members that carpet had been removed in three classrooms — one at the high school, one at north elementary and one in the junior high and replaced with tile.

Following an executive session, Jim Noonan's resignation as varsity boys basketball coach was approved; Shane Hill was employed as high school English teacher; and Robb Richardson as high school physical education teacher. All non-certified personnel were re-hired with a 2 percent increase in wages. Doug Dennison was hired to coach varsity boys basketball. The current coaching staff was re-hired and Lionel Pierce was approved as volunteer football coach.

The date of the next board meeting is Aug. 11 with a bond hearing to precede the session at 7 p.m. at the unit office.