At this week’s Unit 2 School Board budget hearing, the board rejected the presented budget in a 5-2 vote. Nate Prater and Edmar Schreiber voted in favor of the budget with Vance Daniken, Scott Gaffner, Mike Timmerman, James Jackson, and Jay Young voting no. The budget that was presented to the board showed a deficit of over $1 million. Superintendent Jeff Strieker explained the shortfall involved $275,000 lost from improperly assessed property taxes, $50,000 lost in title funds, and $125,000 lost in state aid for declined enrolment. A new budget will be worked on and presented at a future meeting.
The financial report was presented with July payments exceeding $4.7 million, including $4 million from Bond County real estate taxes.
Scott Hardin presented to the board a request for a policy change to include home school students to be allowed to participate in sports and other extracurricular activities. The board decided to table the matter and discuss exact language at a committee meeting.
The board voted to accept two leaves of absence, Max Aten’s resignation as the Transportation Student Service Coordinator, a request for the FFA to take a trip to Kentucky for the National Convention, and a request for a new Creative Writing Club to be formed.
Strieker also informed the public and the board that anyone wanting to run for a seat on the school board may now pick up their information from the Bond County Clerk’s office.