SGCS passes 2018 budget

By Tyler Roebuck

CHURUBUSCO — The Smith-Green Community Schools Board passed a resolution approving the system’s 2018 budget at its Oct. 16 meeting.

The new budget includes minor changes, Business Manager Jodi Royer said.

“General fund, capital projects and transportation increased by approximately 2 percent to cover the increase in health insurance premiums,” she said. “Debt service increased slightly to cover anticipated new debt; however the pension debt was paid off in June of 2017 so no money is required for this fund.”

If the new debt is approved, the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system high school gym will be replaced.

From here, the budget goes to the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance, where “they will most likely reduce the amount of money we will be approved to spend,” Royer said.

Related to the budget, the board approved an agreement with the Smith-Green Classroom Teachers Association for the 2017-18 school year. The teachers agreed to a salary freeze.

In other school board news:

• The board recognized the Soaring Eagles cross country team for their “spotlight on success” for the month. Now, in its third year, the team consists of 28 elementary-aged girls who had a successful season.

• A new extra-curricular club for the junior high school – Business Professionals of America – was approved. Scott Truelove will advise the club, which is “for students pursuing careers in business management, information technology, finance, office administration and other related career fields,” according to the website.

“Through the reinstatement of the BPA chapter at Churubusco, we may participate through regional academic contests with other schools in the area and possibly, should we place high enough at the regional level, possibly then compete with students statewide in Indianapolis in March,” Truelove wrote in a letter to the board.

• Dave Utchman and several teachers presented an overview of Canvas, the school’s online learning management system. The system allows teachers to electronically distribute readings, worksheets and a variety of other media.

Utchman also updated the board on the school’s progress toward one-to-one, with grades 4-12 completely one-to-one and grade 3 approximately 50 percent there. With the one-to-one program, students receive individual electronic devices which they use daily for classroom projects, homework, assessments and research.

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