At a budget hearing Monday, the Mulberry Grove Board of Education approved the tentative budget as presented by Superintendent Brad Turner. The unbalanced budget shows deficit spending in the education, operations & maintenance, and transportation funds but the transportation fund is the only account with an anticipated negative balance as of June 30, 2016. Superintendent Turner said the district received the first general state aid payment the first part of August and the second payment is expected before the end of the month.
Clean-up from smoke damage due to the fire last year is almost complete. Classrooms in the Ag and Industrial Arts departments have new floors and ceilings and fresh paint. Air conditioners for these classrooms are expected by the end of August and windows for the Industrial Arts finishing room, the site of the fire, are anticipated by the end of this week.
Turner said tax revenues will be late this year but Bond County Treasurer Katie Weiss contacted him to say she would release available funds early, probably by Friday, August 21. With these funds, Turner said the district could continue operations without borrowing.
Following a closed session, the board accepted the resignation of high school social studies teacher Juli Kastl and hired Ian Wolf to fill the vacated position. The board also hired Jamie Hubbard bus driver, Kerri Hall individual aide in the elementary school, Jordan Zeeb high school assistant baseball coach, Kevin Millikin junior high assistant baseball coach, and Shani Weiss junior high girls basketball coach.