Superintendent Mitch Wainwright discussed the Budget Development Timeline for the 2019-20 school year with the Board at its regular monthly meeting Monday night. (Scroll past the video for more article text)

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Finance Committee Chair Andy Busch is planning on a meeting prior to the next full Board meeting in May.

Wainwright stated requests from staff for next year have been submitted prior to Spring Break and he is in the process of prioritizing those requests and asking staff to make cuts as needed so he can present a balanced budget to the Board.

“I’m trying to be very conservative with budget requests, not knowing what state funding will be,” he said. He also told the Board the District is looking at a health insurance increase of 7.9%. The District had been at a 0% health insurance increase the last couple years, which is unheard of.

Usually staff contracts are approved at the May meeting as well. (Go to the 17 minute mark)

Other Business:

— Held a first reading for a policy regarding a therapy dog addition to the elementary school. School Nurse Julie Pompos mentioned the policy would be opt in and would be part of the registration process to start the school year. (Go to the six minute mark)

— Wainwright reported on the results of the election canvassing process, which he stated the numbers matched what was called in to him the night of the election. (Go to the 11 minute mark)

— The Board discussed next steps post-referendum. He stated he will confer with the architects (HSR) and get their thoughts on moving forward with the approved early-start calendar for the 2019-20 school year that would allow more time for construction work during the summer of 2020.

He is also guessing HSR’s design for the elementary remodel and addition will be different than FEH’s. (Go to the 12 minute mark)

— The Board started the meeting with recognitions of Danny Pittz (State FFA Speaking Contest) and Sage Shemak (State Honors Choir).

— The Board heard the first reading of the District’s Library Plan by Kris McCoy and Micki Uppena, as required by state administrative code. The District is required to have a written, long-range library plan that is Board approved. The plan will be brought back in May for approval. (Go to the 25 minute mark)

— Wainwright provided his monthly budget update. (Go to the 28 minute mark)

— The Board unanimously approved the SWEEP Contract for 2019-20. SWEEP is a consortium of area schools the allows bulk purchasing to save on costs and provides the District with opportunities to afford equipment it couldn’t afford on its own. (Go to the 29 minute mark)

— The Board approved the credit card statement and bills payable by a 6-0-1 vote with Basting abstaining. (Go to the 35 minute, 30 second mark)

— The Board will hold a special meeting for Oath of Office Monday, April 22. The next regular Board meeting is set for Monday, May 13.