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Neighbors Growing Together | Jul 31, 2014

Sharing agreement nets M-P over $1 million

By Mary Zielinski | Jan 30, 2013

WELLMAN — Four years of a sharing agreement with the Keota School District has netted the Mid-Prairie District $1,245,745 in monthly payments from Keota and in state incentives for the sharing arrangement.  This year is the final year for the state incentives.  The Keota School District is expected, by mid-March, to have a decision regarding any further sharing with Mid-Prairie.
The sharing has involved the superintendent, business manager, Human Resource Coordinator and technology support from Mid-Prairie staff for Keota.  Since July 2009, Keota has paid M-P $552,145 for those services.  State incentives, for the same period, are $693,600.
The figures are part of the financial report given to the M-P board Monday that shows the district ended fiscal 2012 with $3,742,648 in its general fund.  Its actual unspent balance was $3,549,067 or 25.95 percent of its budget.
The district also has received $551,985 in grants (competitive and mini) from the Washington County Riverboat Foundation (WCRF) since the grants began in 2006.
In the last four years, Mid-Prairie also has used $823,000 in federal stimulus money rather than the usual general fund revenues for salary and benefits.  Business Manager Cindy Steege credits that action with keeping the district “from having a ‘cliff’ moment.”
Equally important is the 157 open-enrolled students in the district as of Oct. 1, 2012, that will generate $1,188,366 in funds.  With only 47 Mid-Prairie students open-enrolled out (at a cost of $276,501), it gives M-P a gain of $911,865.
In other business Monday, the board:
• received  a copy of  a recent letter sent by the superintendent regarding the district’s head lice policy, including district personnel to aid any parent regarding proper treatment for a child with head lice;
• learned the district will participate in the Live Healthy Iowa 10-week challenge;
•i ncreased the hours for the district’s second school nurse from 5 to 7 per day; and
• learned that health insurance will increase by 2.94 percent, dental by 3 and vision by 10 percent July 1.  The health insurance hike is the first in more than two years.

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