Slater school board gets encouraging finance news

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Slater School District Superintendent Terry Lorenz said state funding is taking a slight upturn at the end of the fiscal year.

The budget is based on the assumption that the district would receive about 90 percent of the funding it should get, but the latest estimates suggest the number could be as high as 94 percent, he said.

That, along with conservative management of finances throughout the year, put the district in a good position.

He said legislation that potentially would reduce state income by $800 million over the next few years is still a concern.

The bill was approved by the legislature and is now on the governor's desk.

Lorenz said even if Gov. Jay Nixon does not veto the bill, the district should be able to weather the result.

"We won't be fine, but we won't be in danger of making any more cuts," he said.

For the moment, the boost in state funding means the district can do some things it had deferred in case additional funding did not materialize.

New science textbooks are at the top of the list, Lorenz said, and new math textbooks could come next.

Half-day preschool will run from noon to 3 p.m. and will include a snack but not lunch.

The board approved further investigation into the possibility of downsizing the district bus fleet but adding a new bus and eliminating a car that is no longer used much.

Lorenz said he would explore options and return with more information.

The board also approved tuition for half-day preschool. The fees for half-day preschool, which runs from 12 to 3 p.m., are:

--$4 a day for students who receive the free lunch program,

--$6/day for those in the reduced price lunch program,

--$8/day for full price and

--$10/day for children out of district.

Lorenz told the board he was pleased with the way the graduation ceremony went Sunday, May 19 -- his first since joining the district -- but he already has in mind a few tweaks for next year.

In other business, the board

--approved a policy on allergy prevention,

--approved the renewal of its membership in the Missouri School Board Assocation and

--approved a realignment of extra duty assignments for theater production staff.

Contact Eric Crump at ecrump@marshallnews.com

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