Archive for Tuesday, July 3, 2007

School board OKs end-of-budget-year fund transfers

July 3, 2007

The Tonganoxie School Board approved the transfer of general funds to several specific budgets at a special board meeting Thursday in the Tonganoxie Middle School library.

The shifting of funds came as the district closed out its 2007 budget year, which ended June 30.

The board voted unanimously to transfer funds to specific budgets: $1,029,253 to special education, $267,572 to the at-risk student budget, $36,000 for inservice, $9,000 for summer school and $1,500 for the virtual school budget.

Funds also were transferred in the local option budget, with $601,224 going to special education.

As was the case in general fund transfers, special education received highest increase in budgeted money, a move that concerned school board member Ron Moore.

"That's a lot of money we're transferring to special ed," Moore said.

"It's a big program," Superintendent Richard Erickson told the board members.

Other transfers from the LOB included: $186,397 for the vocational fund, $20,000 for food service and $10,000 for parents as teachers.

Erickson said he was pleased with balances in most budgets, but is concerned that the capital outlay balance is dropping more than $200,000 -- from $1,045,122 to $824,899.

He attributed the change to high costs in moving into new facilities. Last year renovations were made to Tonganoxie High School and a new middle school was built. Moving costs, for instance, were $35,000.

In addition to closing out the general fund transfers for the 2006-07 school year, the board also voted unanimously to approve year-end bills and encumbrance expenses.

PE instructor hired; math teacher resigns

The board approved the hiring of Scot Leffler as a Tonganoxie Middle School physical education teacher. He replaces longtime teacher Phil Jeannin, who retired from teaching this spring.

Leffler will be an assistant middle school football coach and also will coach eighth-grade basketball.

The board also accepted the resignation of Lezlie Martin, who served as a math instructor at both the high school and middle school.

Positions put on hold

Incoming TMS principal Jill Dickerson asked the board to add two more technology teachers to the middle school's staff, but the board tabled her request.

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