Oct 162013

By Naomi Hatch
The Snowflake Unified School District’s 2013 annual financial report was approved at the Oct. 10 school board meeting and will be posted on the district’s website.
Business Manager Mark Ollerton summarized general highlights for board members, explaining that while the maintenance and operations budget totaled $12,283,788, the district actually spent $11,796,955, leaving an ending balance of $968,382, which went to reduce the tax rate.
Classroom Site Funds will carry over $387,695. Adjacent ways was used to improve the Snowflake High School parking lot and to mitigate flooding damage at the SHS gymnasium, according to Ollerton.
Auxiliary operations funds are received from such things as the gate receipts. The district spent $355,332, leaving an ending fund balance of $174,794.
Joint Technical Education, which is the Northern Arizona Vocational Institute of Technology (NAVIT) program, budgeted $220,769 and has an ending fund balance of $124,300. It was noted that this amount has declined a great deal over the years.
The Building Renewal Grant fund was used for heating and cooling at the Snowflake Junior High School gym and shows a negative balance of $6,432, but Ollerton noted that they had not been reimbursed by the grant at the time of the report.
The board thanked Ollerton, noting that the district finances look good.
In other action, the board:
* Approved SHS fundraisers that took place as part of the homecoming activities, as well as an SJHS Student Council fundraiser to sell T-shirts and sweatshirts to raise money to attend an Arizona Association of Junior High Student Councils conference.
* Approved purchasing one car, two eight to 12-passenger vehicles, such as vans or Suburbans, and one minivan in order to avoid the potential cost of replacing more vehicles at one time.
* Held the second reading of policy advisory 476-489, which updates schools with the laws that were changed by the legislature.
Superintendent Hollis Merrell pointed out that one of the updates sets the order of agendas, which is different than how agendas are currently set. He will have board secretary Tohna Rogers do the agenda as the law requires and if the board prefers the present agenda, they must make the change back through a motion. Merrell also reported that anything discussed in the report section must be posted. He also noted that if a school maintains an A or B school ranking for three years in a row, the district can submit a request for exemption to the Department of Education, but presently the state doesn’t know what things the school would be exempted from.
* Approved out of state travel for Kevin Standefer to attend the Athletic Directors Conference.
Merrell explained that this is the first time in many years that the conference has been held west of San Antonio, Texas, and he felt it would be beneficial for the district to have Standefer attend. Funding for the trip will come from athletic gate receipts.