MCSD looking at $557,000 less in state aid

Robert Blackford/Editor

The Mercer County School District is looking at a $557,000 reduction of state aid this next school year according to Superintendent Alan Boucher.

Boucher added, "That's if the state pays what they are supposed to."

Mercer County School Board President Dwight Shoemaker said, "I think they will pay us each and every payment."

Boucher said he spoke to the county and found out that the district will receive an additional $125,000 from property taxes this year. The EAV was up $4 million.

The board discussed selling working cash bonds debating on asking for $1.5 million and $3 million. The board will discuss this at its next finance meeting and bring it before the full board at its Aug. 14 meeting.

Apollo Elementary School pricipal Bill Fleuette addressed the board concerning personnel cuts at his school.

Fleuette noted that with the proposed scheduling for the new year he foresees difficulties in two particular areas in the library where the number of people has been cut from two people to half of a position and in the kindergarten classes where the number classes was cut from six to three.

Fleuette said the staff cuts at the school leave the school with 8.8 to 10.5 fewer positions that there were last year at the school .

Dwight Shoemaker asked the board if it should move from spending two hours on evaluating teachers a year to four and half hours.

The district is waiting on the test results on possible asbestos at the junior high.

The board will replace the boards in the south bleachers at the athletic field as needed.