SGCS might use rainy day fund

SGCS collected basic funding in the amount of $7.6 million in 2011, $7.4 million in 2010 and $7.8 million in 2009. With a loss of 40 students this year, Fleetwood said he expects to collect only $7.2 million.

“We’re taking a hit for basic funding,” he said.

Although SGCS brought in 29 students with the tuition-free transfer program this school year, the average daily membership (ADM) is down to 1182 compared to 1222 in 2011.

State funding is based on a school’s ADM.

With a decrease in funding, Superintendent Darnell said the corporation will look internally to make cuts to fit the budget. Ninety-one percent of the budget goes toward personnel and human resources, while the other nine percent is for other expenses such as supplies, materials and travelling.

“Ideally, we don’t want to cut staff,” Darnell said, “so we don’t have much wiggleroom.”

CJSHS currently has large sophomore, junior and senior classes of over 100 students, however, CES is reporting smaller classes in the lower grades. Therefore, Darnell said the school may need to be creative in the scheduling of personnel as the smaller classes move up through the ranks.

In addition, Fleetwood said the corporation may move $200,000 from funds such as the bus replacement fund, transportation fund and the cash reserve into the rainy day fund and then pull money out of the rainy day fund to make up for shortfalls in the 2012 budget. A total of $256,000 is currently in the rainy day fund.

Board member Rick Trump voiced concern regarding the use of the rainy day fund to make up for budgeting shortfalls.

“When it’s gone, it’s gone,” he said. “We still need to cut five percent to break even.” Trump said the use of the rainy day fund for shortfalls should require Board approval. “We’re responsible for it now,” he said. “We (the Board) and the public need to know we have a shortfall and that we need to move money because of the shortfall. We need to be conservative to budgeting and everyone needs to know that we are burning through money.”

In other Board news:

• Matt Hosted, SGCS Network Engineer, submitted a letter of resignation stating his last day will be October 21, 2011.

• Cassie Hill was hired as a second grade teacher, effective October 3, 2011. The Board also approved the following extracurricular positions: Girls Basketball—Varsity Assistant: Trinda Goings; JV Head: Denny Beucler; JV Assistant: Tim Herendeen; 8th grade: Chad Helmkamp; 7th Grade: Laurinda Spieth; 6th Grade: Jordan Pearson and Janessa Egolf; In addition, Jeremy Lopez will replace Andrew Zolman as a Wrestling Assistant Coach. Zolman was unable to fulfill the position.

• The Board approved an extension to Kim Petty’s maternity leave until January 4, 2012. Heather Creech is currently teaching Petty’s third grade class and will  continue to sub through the remainder of the leave.

• Superintendent Steve Darnell said he encourages constituents to take a two- question survey online regarding building improvements. To take the survey, go to http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/R5GYL75.

• CES Principal Shellie Miller presented PTO Officers Allison Brown, Kelly Peterson, Melissa Stuckey and Crystal Waggoner as Volunteers of the Month for their work to coordinate the Eagle Strut fundraiser. 

• The Indiana Department of Education approved the waiver request for the lost day on September 30 due to a power outage, so SGCS students will not have to make up the lost day of instruction.

The next regular scheduled Board meeting is Monday, November 7 at 6:30 p.m. in the Administrative Building.

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