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The Chrisman School Board Unit #6 held their monthly meeting on September 19th. Business of the meeting began with the School District Budget Hearing.
The tentative budget is projected as follows in the four major funds. Education will have a revenue of $4,072,982 with expenditures in the amount of 43,967,386 for a total of $105,596 in the black. O&M has a revenue of $491,381 with expenditures in the amount of $557,989 for a loss of $66,608.
Transportation has a revenue of $264,817 with expenditures in the amount of $218,731 for a total of $46,104 in the black. Working Cash fund has a total of $32,380. The total for all of the funds revenue totals $4,861,560 with expenditures totaling $4,744,106 for a total of 4117,454 in the black.
After looking over the proposed budget, it was approved by the present members and the special meeting was adjourned.
With the special meeting adjourned, the regular school board meeting was called to order. Approval was granted for the consent agenda, which included the previous meeting minutes. Financial matters were also approved. This included the treasurer’s report, payroll, bills, activity fund report and imprest fund reimbursement in the amount of $4,889.59.
At the elementary school, the first day of preschool was August 26th, Patriotic Day was September 7th, Midterms were September 14th and the first day of the after school program was September 19th.
In upcoming events, Teachers Institute will be October 7th, Columbus Day (No School) is October 10th, Picture Day is October 13th, Health/Life/Safety Inspection (ROE) will also be on October 13th, End of the 1st Quarter is October 14th and Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held on October 19th and 20th.
With the new leased buses being delayed in delivery, several things on the buses the district already has had to be fixed on multiple buses for them to pass inspection at the test lane. “That is why you will see payment to Allerton Test land in the bills,” Principal Kelly Schluter said. “We do have two other buses that have issues currently and we are hopeful that Allerton will be able to fix those issues for us soon.”
Though the district has to wait for the delivery of other buses, they did receive the forty-eight passenger leased bus. This bus will mostly be for extra-curricular activities. School routes have been going well, but additional drivers either full time or part time could always be needed.
All grades at the elementary school have finished their STAR 360 Benchmark for the first time this year. It will be retaken in December/January and May.
With no report from Principal Nicole Cox, Superintendent James Acklin gave his report. For the month, the district received $15,161.28 in county sales tax revenue.
Last school year, the district made the decision to install solar panels. With COVID and the difficulty in receiving the equipment, the project has been delayed, but may take place soon. “We should be breaking ground on the solar project in the next couple of months,” Acklin said.
The architect has filed the HLS amendment with the ISBE for replacing the existing door hardware in the HS building. “It must now be approved by the BOE in order to spend HLS (Health/Life/Safety) find on this project,” Acklin said.
A quote was received from Jenness Electric for $6,855.99 to install a three ton heat pump in the JH/HS cafeteria. The unit is the same as what was recently installed in the HS gymnasium and will replace the older unit that has recently quit working.
The district recently learned that FEMA has granted the tentative approval of the Edgar County All Hazards Mitigation Plan. In order to become eligible for federal mitigation funds, the BOE will need to approve the plan by a formal resolution.
Approval was also granted for the posting of the districts salary and benefits information on their website as well as the annual approval that allows the district to levy risk management cost through the Tort Levy.
Miss Brown, FCCLA teacher, stated that she would like to take seven students to the annual state conference in Springfield on October 2nd and 3rd. The board approved the trip.
The State of Illinois had recently announced funding for the FY23 school year maintenance grants. This is a dollar for dollar matching grant program that will provide awards up to $50,000 for grantees for the maintenance or upkeep of buildings or structures for educational purposes.
Grant applications are due by November 18th. “I am currently seeking budget numbers for both window replacement and an HVAC upgrade in our High School building,” Acklin said. “We will need to make a decision regarding potential use of this grant at the October meeting.”