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October 20, 2018

9/24/2018 8:15:00 AM
Highland Board of Education endorses 2018-19 budget, mill rate expected to decrease
At their regular school board meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 12, the board approved endorsing the 2018-19 budget presented by Highland School District Administrator Nancy Hendrickson. She is projecting a balanced budget for the school year and is estimating taxes to actually go down by 0.67 with the estimated mill rate at $12.90 per thousand, down from $13.57 in 2017-18. Hendrickson explained that "the influx of state money and increased land value" is why the mill rate is going down. The total projected budget is $4,151,629, and the actual costs of last fiscal year was $4,023,453.
Related to finances, Hendrickson is asking the board to consider developing Fund 46 and a 10-year maintenance plan. Fund 46 is for long-term maintenance plans. Any money put in has to sit for five years from when the money is initially placed in the fund. Any money that goes in the fund is matched by the state for state aid. In order for the board to utilize this fund, the money can only be used for maintenance projects, can only be taken out after five years, and there has to be a clearly defined 10-year maintenance plan. "The timing is right," Hendrickson said. The board agreed and endorsed developing a 10-year maintenance plan and opening the fund.
The Booster Club is donating money for the volleyball and basketball programs to utilize hudl software if they see fit. The software is already used by the football team and can allow them to analyze video, track stats, manage feedback, create highlights, and more. Each program has $500 to use.
In other business:
• Three open enrollment requests out and one in were approved.
• The revised BOOST telepresence services contract was passed. This was previously discussed, but the other schools involved decided to make the number a nice, round, "pretty" number of $2,700.
• The fundraiser schedule for student-directed clubs was approved.
• Leigh Drury was hired as the freshman volleyball coach. There is a large class, and it was hard for only two coaches to manage three teams. Her pay will be 75 percent of what an assistant makes as she has some schedule conflicts for matches.
The next regular board of education meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 6 p.m., and the annual meeting is slated for Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 6 p.m.

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