Jun 272014

By Tammy Gray

During a special meeting on Monday, the Joseph City School District Governing Board approved a tentative budget for the upcoming 2014-15 fiscal year, and agreed to hold a hearing on the final budget at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 8.

Included in the proposed budget is $4.1 million for maintenance and operations. The budget assumes a $2.1235 per $100 of assessed valuation primary property tax rate and a 59.07 cents per $100 secondary rate. That is lower than the $2.2267 primary property tax rate and the 60.55 cents secondary rate for the current fiscal year.

Board members also accepted the resignation of instructional aide Amy Miller, and appointed John Bryant as head basketball coach during the meeting.

Superintendent Bryan Fields also updated the board on the status of the indoor pool, which will be undergoing mold removal and ventilation upgrade. It is hoped that the work will begin in the next week but there is not determination on the time in which the work will be complete.

The board is also awaiting the start of construction for a solar project for the district. The project must be completed by the end of summer as part of the agreement made with Ameresco, which is expected to save the district about 60 percent on electric bills. There was a slight delay due to the acquisition of permits, but that is not expected to delay the outcome of the project.

At a meeting on June 10, the board approved a work agreement and salary schedule for Bill Patterson as the transportation supervisor with a three to one vote. Those present voting in favor of the contract were Jim Edwards, Eldon Larson and Julie Davis. Board member Linda Kor-Fisher voted in opposition and Jenny Miller was not present.

At that meeting the board also approved the addition of two full-time classroom aides and held the first reading of a policy regarding board member conflicts.