BOARD RELEASE – June 30, 2014
At their regular session meeting on June 30, 2014, the Liberal R-2 Board of Education approved the 2014-15 annual budget. Included in the budget was an increase in salaries that was approved by the Board. The Board increased the base of the teachers’ salary schedule by $500 and allowed each teacher to receive their appropriate steps. The base teacher pay of the district is now $28,000. The Board also increased the salaries of the non-certified employees by 2.5% and the administration 2.0%. The Board had voted at a previous meeting to pay $394 per month towards the employee’s health insurance premium, which is approximately 80% of the basic plan.
After approving the minutes from the regular session meeting held on May 15, 2014 and the special session meeting held on June 9, 2014, the Board reviewed MSBA Policy KG – “Community Use of Facilities”. The Board voted to raise the basic rental fee to $50 along with other associated fees for room and equipment usage.
In the Superintendent’s Report, Mr. Harvey discussed the financial situation of the district, which included the 2014-15 budget. Mr. Harvey updated the Board on maintenance projects taking place this summer which includes the building of the new Crow’s Nest for the football field and resealing the driveway at the High School. Mr. Harvey presented a report on this year’s Summer School session held on June 2-27. Seventy-six students attend this year’s session.
In other business, Mr. Harvey discussed the 2013-14 budget. The Board amended the budget to reflect actual revenues and expenditures. The final budget reflected a deficit of $37,401 compared to a $74,627 deficit proposed in July 2013. The Board authorized Mr. Harvey to continue purchasing bread, fuel and milk from the current vendors and voted to purchase a 2006 Ford Handicapped Accessible School Bus from Central States Bus Sales, Inc. of St. Louis.
In closed session, the Board accepted the resignation of Felnena Jenkins as Special Education Aide and voted to hire Ruth Gazaway for the position.
Those Board members in attendance were Brian King, President, Jason Banwart, Dean McKibben, Chris Morrow, John Simpson, Christie Ulrich and Brian Williams. The next regular session meeting will be on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in the Board of Education Room.
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