The Perry County School District special school board meeting on June 26 was an eventful one.
Perry County superintendent Andy Comstock, who pushed last month for the school board to approve the budget for the 2019-2020 school year, said he felt the budget was solid.
“If I didn’t feel confident in the budget as presented then I wouldn’t recommend it be approved,” Comstock said. “But I’ve run all the numbers and studied it for a long time and I feel strongly about it.”
The board did review the budget with some of the highlights being a three percent increase to the base salaries and a step on the salary schedule for all staff members. The increase is two percent higher than last year. Comstock hopes to hit a minimum wage of $12 in the district by 2023.
“I feel like to compete with other schools and local businesses that if we had the money, that we needed to have an increase in our base salary,” Comstock said.
Comstock also spoke on additional costs associated with STEM program, which all children through eighth grade will have access to those courses. The board also discussed the 1-to-1 technology initiative in which all students in grades 6-8 will be assigned a Chromebook, like last school year at the high school level.
Based upon our high fund balances and our need to build capital funds, Mr. Comstock recommended that we move the amount allotted, which is $987,000. The board approved the transfer of $987,000 from fund 1 to fund 4 to be used for facility improvements.
“The biggest thing that the budget is balanced and if it’s able to provide cost of living increases for staff. Our focus right now is that the people who supported us with the PropKids, is that we are able to move forward with our building and expansion projects, Perry County School District No. 32 Communications Director Kate Martin said. “We are on track for all those things.”
In the closed session portion of the meeting, the resignation of Dani Yamnitz, science teacher, to be effective as of the end of the 2018-2019 school year was not accepted by the board. The board voted to employ the following individuals for the 2019-2020 school year: Cheryl Ray-Layton as a bus driver, Dan Brooks as a bus driver, Marian Nelson as a bus driver, Mark Johnson as a custodian, Cathy Prehm as a custodian, Leonard Schumer as a custodian, Debbie Gotto as a food services I employee, Kristy Buerck as a food services I employee.