GRANGEVILLE Mountain View School District 244’s board of trustees voted unanimously at their regular June 20 meeting to accept a 2016-17 proposed budget of $19,068,410.
The budget includes the general maintenance and operation (M&O) fund ($12,272,900) along with all other funds ($6,795,510) as was listed in the June 15 issue of the Free Press under “notices.” The board also accepted the 2015-16 revised budget of $19,963,227.
Business manager Becky Hogg explained that 22 percent of the M&O budget is represented by the levy. The levy amount, which has passed at the same level for the past four years, is $2,663,000.
For the previous two years, forest fund transfers have been approximately $1,195,000.
“This is the last year of the Craig Wyden Secure Rural Schools funding unless there is some kind of upcoming change to reinstate that revenue,” Hogg explained.
The state of Idaho did provide about a 5 percent increase in funding for certified salaries for 2015-16. This helps raise the salary amount toward meeting what MVSD 244 pays its teachers. A 2 percent increase was also seen for noncertified staff and administrators.
One encouraging part of this year’s budget, explained Hogg, was that insurance costs will remain the same.
“Our health insurance broker was able to negotiate a zero percent increase,” she explained. Insurance is through Regence and Don Solberg is the broker.
The budget reflects an overall 6 percent increase from last year and this coming year includes $28,213 for the school lunch program. The district will be raising breakfast and lunch prices five and 10 cents, respectively, to help offset this. Otherwise, no fee increases are expected for other programs including sports and activity fees and driver’s education.
A detailed version of the budget can be viewed at the district office or on-line at www.sd244.org. E-mail Hogg with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In other June 20 meeting news, patrons Chris Roach and Jeremy Harris were each interviewed for the vacant Zone 5 board position. A tie vote occurred with chairman Lot Smith of Grangeville and trustee Casey Smith of Clearwater voted for Roach while vice-chair Mike Dominguez of Kooskia and trustee Rebecca Warden of Grangeville each voted for Harris. The board has until late August to appoint a new trustee. Members will come together again to discuss the appointment.
• Superintendent Kent Stokes reported the parking lots at Clearwater Valley High School in Kooskia and at Grangeville High School are in the process of being resurfaced. Cost for this is approximately $467,000 and monies are being used forest funds.
• Dominguez reported he had not had anyone volunteer to be on a school gun policy committee, but that he has run his proposed draft policy by several people and has several changes and additions.
“I will make those and then present the policy again for review and discussion,” he said.