Published On: Thu, Sep 14th, 2017

School budget, levy are approved on split vote

OSMOND — The Monday, Sept. 11, meeting of District 42R Board of Education began with a rather lengthy budget hearing. Board Member Larry Krohn had many questions which required explanation of the process of figuring out the budget. Superintendent Dave Hamm explained the process and noted that “a lot of numbers go into figuring out the budget.”
Hamm reviewed the budget, which calls for a total of $5,768,678. Of this amount, $72,377 is in the Qualified Capital Purpose Undertaking Fund (QCPUF) and $272,515 in the special building fund. The general fund levy tax rate is $0.680084 with the QCPUF rate at $0.018891 and the special building fund at $0.003656, for a total levy of $0.702631. Complete budget and levy documents were printed in the Sept. 6 Osmond Republican.
During the regular meeting, the budget and the levy were both adopted as proposed, with Krohn voting “no” on the budget and levy.
With guidance counselor and Career Technical Education (CTE) coordinator Jane Brummels absent from the meeting, Superintendent Hamm reviewed her report. In the assessments report, students in grades K-11 are taking the MAPs tests this month. In the CTE report, five seniors are attending Fridays at Northeast this fall; a few students are doing internships at various businesses, with a few more yet to be set up. The Student Learning Teams have begun to meet, using the Habitude series book, “The Art of Leading Others.”
Principal Kurt Polt reported that the first fire drill of the school years was completed Aug. 23. Ten total drills must be done during the school year, and the safety committee has asked that future drills be done during inconvenient times during the day. After school study hall for students on the down list began after Labor Day. The list is generated every Monday and is supervised by a high school teacher. Polt noted that work on senior banners has begun, and he hopes to have them up in the gym before volleyball season ends. Homecoming is scheduled for Sept. 29, and will have a different format this year, Polt said. It has been approved, after a suggestion by the Student Council, to hold the pep rally on the street in front of the city auditorium. Students will walk to the pep rally with the homecoming court riding on a float. Polt advised that the first parade for the marching band is scheduled for Sept. 23 at Kearney, followed by the Lions Club parade in Norfolk Sept. 30 and the Harvest of Harmony parade in Grand Island on Oct. 7. Parent-teacher conferences are scheduled for Oct. 16 from 12:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Superintendent Hamm advised that the Nebraska Association of School Boards (NASB) area meeting is Sept. 20 at 5 p.m. in Norfolk and the NASB conference is Nov. 15-17, and asked board members who is planning on going to each. He advised about a possible lightning strike which caused controllers on the district’s bell system and HVAC system to go out. Hamm thanked the special education students who provided a snack for board members and guests at the meeting.
Board member Paul Koehler advised that a city council member had told him about a government program to get a skid loader for minimum cost. Hamm said he has looked into the program before, but has not been able to find anything out. He said he will check into it again.
Board members once again discussed future plans with the teacherage which is currently occupied by instructors Ryan and Christalin Ginn, who were present at the meeting. After some discussion on the matter, it was decided to table a decision until next spring.