Slater Board of Education meets to review spring semester business

Monday, March 23, 2015

The Slater Board of Education met Thursday, March 19, to review several financial items and hear updates on the day-to-day business of the school.

Superintendent Terry Lorenz spoke about a few budget modifications.

"Basically we pushed some money from revenue over to the expense side," Lorenz said. "Revenues were adjusted up by $93,218. Expenses were adjusted up by $93,751, so we were at a net loss of $500 and some."

Lorenz said they had a slight increase for supplies for instruction and food services, and also boiler repair and maintenance played a part in the added expenditures.

The principal's report showed high school attendance at 92.5 percent, and a new tracking system will begin to be incorporated when looking at students' progress described by Lorenz and the "pulse system."

"You can identify and look at very easily, very clearly, just about anything we do with the school in a very easy to read look-at format," Lorenz said. "We will be able to see academic marks and who's struggling and how we can identify those more struggling students, whether it be tarties, attendance issues, academic concerns. It's very nice, it's very user friendly. We've already gotten quite a bit of positive comments about it."

Some other items in regards to upcoming and current events with the school Lorenz noted FFA has been having some success at various contests they are attending and will be having a baked potato supper Saturday, March 28, starting at 4 .p.m. FBLA recently had a ribbon cutting for the FBLA Cafe. Several music festivals have yielded high ratings for students in choir, and the spring sports of track, baseball and golf are going well.

The elementary report noted that attendance has been consistent and enrollment has been up with 183 in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade and 76 in sixth through eighth grade. April 7 will be PTO conferences, and the third parent community night was held at the end of February, which was a hit.

Jessica Clements, high school counselor, noted she has met with 181 students since the last board meeting. She said several college representatives have also been stopping by meeting with students about their future education plans. Several more meetings will take place in the near future. Clements also noted World Down Syndrome Day was a success and also said Pinwheels for Prevention will be an item on the to-do list.

"We will be participating in the second annual Pinwheels for Prevention this year by raising money, and that benefits three different groups in Saline County, including Saline Foster and Adopt Group, Butterfield Youth Services and the Lighthouse Shelter," Clements said, "We'll be raising money through T-shirt sales for that."

The superintendent's report highlighted the success of a tornado drill held that morning, and Lorenz said everybody got where they needed to be in a very orderly fashion. Also a recent bus inspection went smoothly with no issues discovered. Some financial business rounded out the meeting with staff insurance increasing, as well as salary, Lorenz noted if the numbers he has in regard to the insurance increases the chance that further modifications may need to be made. He proposed an increase in salary, as well.

"I felt like it was a more prudent move for us to put the money we could put towards raises right toward the base, move our base from $28,500 to $29,000, continue adding the paying steps ... So I'm proposing we bring the base to $29,000, pay the steps over and down, and that turns into about a 2 percent increase to the non-certificated staff," Lorenz said.

The proposal was approved and the meeting went into closed session for legal and personnel matters.

Contact Lucas Johnson at ljohnson@marshallnews.com

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