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The Antigo school board will begin work on the 2014-15 budget and receive an update on a consultant’s study of district facilities on Tuesday.

The board will convene for its regular January session at 7 p.m. in the media tech room at the high school.

The evening will open with the presentation of the 2012-13 audit by Dave Maccoux of Schenck Business Services and then the board will move into a rather busy agenda.

The 2014-15 budget calendar has already been reviewed by the Operations Committee, which is recommending approval by the full board.

The district is projecting a deficit of $319,492—modest in comparison to recent years—and is recommending allocations per building of $120 per pupil at the elementary level; $200 per student at the Middle School; and $225 at the high school.

Administrative budget priorities include updating textbooks and instructional materials, continued technology replacement and upgrades and maintenance projects.

The budget calendar calls for a preliminary presentation to the board in May with tentative approval in June or July.

The board will also receive an update on a facility study being undertaken by representatives of the Cooperative Educational Service Agency No. 10.

The panel hired the group last fall to examine all district buildings and prioritize a list of needed improvements. A final report is expected within several weeks.

In other matters, the board may take action on revisions to policies for filling school board vacancies, a contentious issue since the panel has been attempting, unsuccessfully, for months to fill the ninth school board position.

The changes, being advanced by the Committee on Instruction, establishes an interview process and procedure for voting. Under the proposal, if no candidate receives a majority of votes, the person with the fewest number of votes is eliminated prior to a revote. The process may be repeated until someone receives a majority. If continued voting results in a deadline, a motion to defer the appointment can be made.

In personnel matters, the board is expected to approve two retirements. Carol Koszarek is leaving her position as food service server at the Middle School effective at the end of the current school year. Kathy Solin is retiring as administrative assistant to the director of business services and supervisor of building and grounds effective April 4.

The board will also:

—act on a course proposal for the high school dealing with biotechnology and biofuels.

—accept proposals for a variety of technology services, including Internet, telephone and wireless, under the federal E-rate program.

—purchase 59 laptops and five desktop workstations with computer monitors.

—accept the bid for razing and disposal of a district-owned home at 440 Deleglise St.

— ink the agreement with the city of Antigo for the use of baseball and softball fields.

—accept bids for the air handling unit installation at the Clara R. McKenna Aquatic Center.

—act on the resignation of Andrea White as a special education instructional assistant at the high school.

—discuss the continuation of board committees.

—and consider an extension of the one-year contract with Interim Administrator Dr. Don Childs. He was named to the post in August at an annual salary of $120,000 and hired through June 30, 2014. He has a 41-year career in education.

Following the open meeting the board will reconvene behind closed doors to discuss bargaining base wages. When it returns to public session, the board is scheduled to hold a workshop on board vision and ends policies.


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