Board Release – June 30, 2015
At their regular session meeting on June 30, 2015, the Liberal R-2 Board of Education approved the preliminary 2015-16 annual budget. The budget , which is proposing a $17,945 deficit, will be amended in August once the district’s assessed valuation and tax rate are determined. 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 step. The base teacher pay in the district is now $28,500. The Board also increased the salaries of the non-certified staff by 2.5% and administrators by 2.0%.
After approving the minutes from the regular meeting held on May 20, 2015, the Board approved payment of bills as presented. In the program review section, the Board adopted a “Conflict of Interest” Ordinance; approved the district’s Travel Policy/Procedure; and reviewed salary proposals prior to adopting the 2015-16 budget.
In the Superintendent’s Report, Mr. Harvey discussed the financial situation of the district which included both the 2014-15 and 2015-16 annual budgets. Mr. Harvey also updated the Board on maintenance projects taking place this summer which included the installation of hand rails to the bleachers in the High School Gymnasium. Mr. Harvey also updated the Board various grant applications he is working on for further projects in the future. He has not received any new information in regards to the FEMA Storm Shelter Grant that the district applied for last year.
In other business, Mr. Harvey discussed the 2014-15 budget. The Board amended the budget to reflect the actual revenues and expenditures. The final budget reflected a surplus of $153,607 compared to a $123,231 deficit proposed in July 2014. Mr. Harvey pointed out that a majority of the difference is the result of the district being reimbursed by the City of Liberal for a billing error on natural gas over the past several years. The Board also approved the “Eligibility Criteria for Free and Reduced Lunches” and authorized Eddie Davis to handle the district’s asbestos surveillances.
In closed session, the Board offered contracts to Rachel Miller (Assistant MS/HS Principal) and Amanda Powell (MS/HS Social Studies). The Board also approved the remaining coaching positions for the 2015-16 school year.
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 July 16, 2015 at 7:00 pm in the Board of Education Room.
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