Marshall school board approves prelim budget, sets special meeting to discuss multi-grade school issue

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The Marshall school board approved the finalization of the 2009-2010 budget and got its first look at a somewhat grimmer 2010-2011 budget at its Tuesday, June 22, meeting.

As he reported to the board earlier, Superintendent Craig Noah noted that state funding was reduced by 2 percent this year.

Next year, state officials are projecting a further 4 percent reduction, but Noah said there's a possibility for even more cuts, so he anticipated in the budget a 6 percent reduction in state funding.

Compared to this year's budget, the preliminary budget for next year includes $800,000 less in expenditures and about $600,000 less in revenues in a $22.9 million budget.

The board approved the preliminary budget. Noah said a revised budget will be presented to the board in September.

In other business, the board set a special meeting for July 12 at 6 p.m. to continue discussing the possibility of returning to multi-grade elementary schools, a subject that came up during public debate over two recent school bond issues and which new board member Mike Mills put on the agenda in May.

The board also

--approved a copy center bid from current provider, Ikon, for $135,504;

--approved a paper bid of $23,636.80 for 880 cartons of paper, enough to last next school year, from Green Printers;

--approved a bid of $5 per square feet from Chad and Ellen Lance for next year's building trades program project;

--tabled consideration of essential learning outcomes guidelines, as board members said they would like to study the proposed curricular guidelines before voting;

--heard an update on the Continuous School Improvement Program revisions, including a demonstration by Assistant Superintendent Brandon Russell of how the ePeGS system -- a web-based planning tool -- works.

--heard a status report from Noah about summer maintenance projects.

Contact Eric Crump at marshalleditor@socket.net

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