Published On: Thu, Sep 12th, 2013

School District budget adopted, levy passed

RANDOLPH — Special meetings were held Monday prior to the regular monthly school board meeting to hear “support, opposition, criticism, suggestions or observations of taxpayers” relating to the 2013–14 budget and the tax request for the 2013–14 school year. No audience was present for the special meetings or regular meeting. All board members were present except Jim Scott.

The budget was approved at $6,823,139. Superintendent Jeff Hoesing reiterated the budget may appear to have taken a large jump from past years, but this is to protect unused budget authority for future years.

The tax rate will now be set at $0.692233 per $1,000 of valuation for a proposed property tax request of $3,348,161.58. While the tax request increased from last year’s $3,048,484.82, the rate decreased from $0.799817.

In other new business, the board approved a resolution and agreement from UMB Bank to update the district’s credit card information to add the new superintendent and principal and remove the former administrators’ names from the card.

Principal at the elementary, Mary Miller, reported that MAP testing is underway in grades three-six for reading, language, math and science, while AIMS Web testing was completed two weeks ago, and the results will be reviewed soon to identify students who require interventions.

Parent–teacher conferences are scheduled for Sept. 23, from noon-8 p.m. Conferences will be scheduled for grades K-three, but grades four-six will have a scheduled time with homeroom teachers only. If parents would like to talk with the content teachers, they may stop in when the teacher is free or set up a time to meet, said Principal Miller. All conferences will be held in the teachers’ classrooms.

The elementary recently received a check for $369.68 from Target as a return from those who use their “Red Cards” and specify the school to receive the donation.

The book fair will run from Sept. 23–27 and coincide with the parent–teacher conferences, Miller said. The proceeds from the book fair are used to purchase library books.

The August celebration was held Aug. 30 at the elementary. August birthdays were celebrated, and Pam Theis, Vickie Robinson, Theresa Schnoor and Julie Loberg were recognized for taking care of the courtyard.

High school principal and activities director, Dennis Bazata, said all the fall acitivites are off to a great start. The project for two new scoreboards at the school and one at the football field has been completed. Enough money was earned from donations that the funding earmarked for the project can be reassigned, he said.

Data reporting and staff and student reports are underway, Bazata said. He also mentioned a recent principals meeting that included updates from the John Baylor Test Prep program, which is used to prepare students to take the ACT.

The board reviewed a worksheet of ACT five-year trend results. Board Member Tim Kint commented on how the argument against a four-day school week is difficult to sustain given these high scores. Superintendent Hoesing agreed it “makes you not want to mess with something that’s working so well.” Bazata pointed out the higher scores that resulted from four years of math and science versus only three.

Schedules are being developed to benefit the students participating in the TeamMates mentoring program, Bazata said, and MAP testing has begun for the fall.

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