Sherrard budget approved

Cathy Decker/Staff reporter

A special budget hearing prior to Wednesday's Sept. 16, 2009 Sherrard Board of Education meeting was held with no public comment. Superintendent Rebecca Rodocker told board members that several payments from the state that were owed to the district had arrived, which changed the starting budget year figures from what was reported last month.

"We did not expect to get it," said the superintendent.

The proposed budget is estimating $15,903,292 in revenue and spending $15,267,513. The district should have $7,007,665 in all funds at the end of the year, according to budget figures prepared by the superintendent.

The board approved the budget in its regular meeting.

Rodocker expects that as the economy worsens the board would see an increase in free or reduced price meal applications in the district, which also impacts the waiver of fees in all areas.

Rodocker explained the beginning balance for operations and maintenance line item had $500,000 transferred to it from the education fund. "The previous year the O & M had $400,000 transferred in. We try to do that at the beginning of each year, otherwise we might be transferring funds at every meeting," she said. "We don't want to do that," she added.

Some of the things the board may be looking at in the future are roof replacements.

"There are two roofs that are over 20 years old," said Larry Stone, board member.

The board approved the budget as presented.

Organization reports

Darla Seaberg, of the Parent Teacher Organization told the board the PTO had $1,000 worth of sales so far for the Harlem Wizards who will be coming to Sherrard on Oct. 10. She said that one thing the group does is give each elementary teacher $100 in grades K - 6 at the start of the year to help augment their supplies. She said PTO is also collected milk caps and box tops.

The Athletic Boosters reported donations of $40,000 to the junior high and high school. The athletic boosters have made donations for scholarships, purchased weight equipment, purchased patches for state qualifiers, yard signs, help man the concession stands and put $10,000 towards a dance in March. They also helped the school pay for uniforms and wrestling warm-ups, as well as help with outdoor sound systems. They are working with Pepsi, to see about buying new scoreboards.

Cristine Pagett, vocal instructor, spoke about the Music Boosters. She said the boosters are preparing for an auction around Halloween, to help raise funds for this year's chorus and band trip. "The trip is where we need the most help," she said. Students keep money earned from the fund-raisers in their account at school. There are concerts and contests that the boosters help with, with the district hosting three this year. "We're starting to get more parent involvement."

The music department is planning a band-chorus trip this year during the first week of intersession. Students will be going to Texas this year, with a stop in Memphis. "They will perform either at the Alamo or San Antonio Riverwalk," said band director Bob Brooks. "Every other year they take a big trip," said Brooks. "That's one of the things the Music Boosters help with too," he added.

The school board approved the band-chorus trip.

Salaries posted

Superintendent Rodocker said there is new freedom of information legislation that has gone into effect requiring school districts to post administrator's salaries on the district's web site by Oct. 1. This information, along with teacher contract information needs to be posted.

Administrator base salaries are Rebecca Rodocker $131,000; Garet Egel, $100,450; Kim Hofmann, $81,000; Polly Dahlstrom $82,000; Jackie Kelly $63,000; Egan Colbrese $73,379; Jacob Smithers $48,800; Brady Stromquist $63,000; Stew Klink $38,844 and Steve Jaomes $38,000.

Kim Hofmann, director of educational services, gave a report on summer school.

There were 75 students invited for remediation in grades 1-8, with 56 students attending. She said there were two administration interns who gave some feedback on grouping. She said that there is still a need to collect more data. "We are seeing some growth with the students," Hofmann said.

The district does not do summer school for high school students, she said.

After a request on the "School within a School" program, Hofmann said she would bring someone to the next board meeting to talk on that topic.

Social Services staff members also made presentations on their counselling experiences in the district.

In other business the board:

  •  Agreed to order one special education bus and one regular bus.
  •  Approved the resignations for Ron Nelson, maintenance director, who plans to retire effective April 9, 2010 and Staci Koehler, special education one-on-one instructional aide, effective Sep. 3, 2009.
  •  Agreed to hire Tammy Crippen as Jr. High Cheerleading Coach, per contract stipend, effective the 2009-2010 school year and Wayne Corlett, volunteer assistant junior high football coach.
  •  Approved a leave of absence for Sandy Wyckoff, English instructor at Sherrard Junior High School, effective on or about Nov. 5, 2009 and continuing until May 3, 2010 and Jill Bennin, Reading Specialist, Sherrard District, effective on or about Nov. 3, 2009 and continuing until Feb 3, 2010.