McCOOK, Nebraska -- In an move to preserve and protect the school district's pre-existing budget authority, McCook Public Schools board of directors will, at their meeting Monday evening, amend the district's 2010-11 budget.
The meeting will open at 6 p.m., in the junior high cafeteria, with a public hearing to explain and accept comments from the public on the proposal to move $1.8 million from budgeted cash reserve to budgeted disbursements and transfers.
MPS finance director Rick Haney said that this amendment does not change the school district's true expenditures. "We're not spending any more money. We're not asking for more taxes," Haney said. "We're being proactive, shifting money from one budget category to another, to protect budget authority built over the years by past boards."
Haney said many school districts across the state will be making similar budget amendments as state legislators consider two education funding bills, LB 235 and LB 236. LB 235 would result in $830 million in state aid for schools in 2011-12, and LB 236 would result in $800 million. This number compares with the $950 million of state aid given to schools for 2010-11.
Haney said the budget amendment will protect the school district's pre-existing budget authority as state senators haggle over the formula that determines state aid to schools and legislation that challenges school districts' local control.
Details of MPS' 2010-11 budget before and after the amendment were printed in a legal notice of the budget hearing on page 17 of the Tuesday, March 9 edition of the Gazette.
There will be no action taken during the public hearing. The budget amendment will be discussed during the "New Business" segment of the regular meeting.
The agenda for the regular meeting includes:
* A presentation during "Reports" by Dan Shiers and Scott Johnson on the district-wide communications system and district connectivity with fiber optics, and approval during "New Business" of the purchase of communication technologies and hardware for the district.
* A presentation on the 2011-12 school calendar during "Board/Administrative Comments," and action by the board to approve the calendar during "New Business."
* An update by Superintendent Grant Norgaard on the high school's heating and cooling system and reading/language arts adoption. Norgaard will also discuss a special board meeting scheduled Thursday, April 14.
* Acceptance of a donation from McCook National Bank for a "NebraskaLand Financial Scholars" software program, and a donation of a universal machine from the McCook YMCA.
* Acceptance of certificated staff resignation(s).
The meeting will adjourn after "Positive Comments" from board members and administrators, and a closed session to discuss teacher settlement.