Farwell BOE approves $12.2 million budget

July 5, 2019

By Pat Maurer

In a special meeting held June 24th, The Farwell Board of Education approved a tentative budget for the coming year totaling $12,044,269 in revenues of and $12,227,083 in expenditures, which will bring their fund balance down by $182,814 to a tentative year end amount of $626,838.

Business Manager Dorothy Boge reported, “The approved 2019/2020 budget was calculated flat, meaning we did not include any increase for the State per pupil amount. The State has not given a firm increase amount. We have heard $100, $140, and $180 (per pupil). A conservative flat budget puts our fund equity at 5.1 percent.”

She continued, “A $100 per pupil increase would increase our fund equity to six percent. A $140 per pupil increase would increase our fund equity to 6.4 percent and a $180 per pupil increase would increase our fund equity to 6.7 percent.”

At the meeting Superintendent Steven Scoville said the 2018-19 school year state reporting and fiscal year end is underway. He said they are waiting to hear back from JCI regarding bond proposal changes and that the Thompson Grant submission deadline was June 28th.

Athletic Director Mike Groulx explained options for the district’s declining wrestling numbers. He said the goal is to continue the program for students until the youth program builds up as a secondary goal to attract students.
In a Wrestling CoOp proposed with Beal City Schools, students would use a Farwell bus, Farwell uniforms and the Jack Pine Conference has already accepted a co-op. There would be a two-year agreement with Beal City with the potential for Beal City to provide assistant coaching staff. He said Farwell currently co-ops with Harrison for the ski team.

Other business at the meeting included:
*Middle School Paraprofessional Kayla Kelly’s resignation and the termination of Eric DeLeon of Transportation were approved.

*New hires approved included Mike Groulx for Varsity Girls Basketball Coach.

*The board approved a resolution changing the district name to “Farwell Area Schools.”

*An overnight trip request for a band camp was approved.

*The board approved the lease of four busses.

*Chartwell’s contract was renewed.

*The board determined that probationary teachers will continue on probation or move to tenure based on administrator recommendation.

*There are no changes to current Administrator contracts.

*Administrative Assistant contracts were approved with the stipulations that Valerie Beardsley will not be replaced in the business office, but that Val Miller and Kate Van Buskirk will take over those duties with raises to compensate them.

*Superintendent Scoville’s evaluation as “Effective” was approved after a closed session.

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