School board eyes $400,000 from fund balance to cover major projects|
The Antigo school board will discuss using $400,000 from the district fund balance to cover deferred maintenance projects, and may also tweak the process used to fill a school board vacancy Tuesday.
The board will convene for the regular December session at 6:30 p.m.—a half hour earlier than usual—in the media tech room at the high school.
Leading the agenda will be discussion and possible action to transfer $400,000 from the fund balance for deferred maintenance projects, likely at district elementary schools that, until a year ago, were targeted for consolidation. The board has since backed away from those plans in the wake of several failed referendum attempts and the arrival on the panel of several pro-rural elementary advocates.
The district has hired representatives from CESA No. 10 to conduct an audit of district buildings and needs and will likely wait to determine where additional dollars should be spent until after that process is complete.
Although regular maintenance is ongoing at all the schools, the district has been forced to defer major maintenance projects such as roofs and air handling systems due to budget shortfalls caused by the state revenue caps. The capital project long-term plan currently stands at $4 million.
The district’s fund balance—which represents assets over liabilities— stands at $5.6 million, a reasonable amount, officials said, that follows long-standing policies and covers cash flow needs.
The board will take up a proposed policy regarding filling school board vacancies, a sticky issue since the eight members now serving on the panel have repeatedly deadlocked on filling the ninth, vacant seat.
The new policy would fill the post through a sequence of ballots, with the lowest vote-getter in each round eliminated from consideration. If no candidate eventually received a majority of votes, then a motion to defer the appointment could be made.
The current policy only states that a majority vote of the board in session at the time of the selection meeting is required for an appointment.
The district has been stymied 4-4 on several attempts to fill a vacancy caused by the resignation of Dr. Karl Niedermann in September. At its last meeting, a marathon, close-to-five hour affair, members agreed to temporarily vacate existing policy and leave the seat open until the April election.
In other matters, the board is expected to approve bids for access points, switches and servers for the elementary schools. The bids ranged from $32,406 to $49,462.
The panel; will also:
—discuss, with possible action, the academic progress monitoring report.
—accept the retirement of Roger Gut as special education teacher at the Middle School and Ron Peterka as custodian at North Elementary School.
—and conclude the meeting with a closed session to discuss wages and negotiations for all district employees and personnel requests.
The evening will conclude with a workshop on board vision and governance.
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