Highland School Board amends 2013 budget
RIVERSIDE — The Highland Community School District’s school board amended the school district’s budget due to unforeseen expenditures for the 2012-13 fiscal year at Monday evening’s meeting.
The amendment brought the support services expenses from $2,416,896 to $2.6 million dollars. The non-instructional programs expenses went from $325,000 up to $375,000.
There were no comments from the public during the public hearing. Highland Community School District’s business manager and board secretary Sue Rich explained to the school board what the amendment was for.
“A budget for those is done like a year in advance,” she said. “It ends up sometimes being a little bit more, and in this case those two had more expenditures, so we have to amend it to accompany this.”
The amendment passed unanimously.
The school board discussed the district’s special education plan.
“A regional administrator told us that in order to revise the plan we need to have board action giving us permission to do so,” said Highland superintendent Chris Armstrong. “I don’t recall us doing this in the past.”
A committee has been formed to review the district’s special education plan. Riverside Elementary School principal Eric Ewald is the facilitator of the committee.
It will be made up of one general education teacher from Riverside Elementary and one from Ainsworth Elementary School. There will also be one special education teacher representative from each elementary school and a parent representative from the elementary level.
“Are there changes that we know are coming?” asked school board member Nick Smith.
Armstrong said the students who are currently in special education will have their test score results reviewed and the student-to-teacher ratio will be reviewed. Once the plan is revised the board will have to review the recommendations.
Other items the board discussed were:
the school board’s goals for next year, which include continuing to improve communication between the board, staff, and administration; increasing community awareness and involvement, developing a three-to-five-year budget plan; developing and reviewing the five-to-10-year maintenance plan; and developing and reviewing the two-to-five-year growth plan;
the approval of the list of graduates for Sunday’s commencement ceremony. This year there will be 47 graduates. The ceremony will be at 2:30 p.m. at the Highland High School gym.
The next school board meeting is scheduled for June 10 at 7 p.m.