It was a skeleton crew for the Thursday, Dec. 13, El Dorado Springs R-II School Board meeting. Vice President Greg Bydler presided in the absence of President Darrell Eason. Board Members Jay Farris and Scott Cluck were also absent, leaving the bare minimum quorum of Beydler and Benny Brower, Allen Hoover and Kevin Fast.
In the consent agenda, the board approved the payment of bills totaling $376,576.85.
In old business the board finalized the request for proposal on the bus bid, leaving out the bid bond requirement. They hope to get the bids back in time to make a decision at the March meeting.
The board approved the transportation route miles at 190,000 miles per year plus activity miles.
Ken Schultz, of the CPA firm of Schultz, Wood & Rapp, presented the school’s annual financial audit saying it is a clean opinion which is the best it gets.
He said the school’s operating fund surplus increased from 29.9% to 37.3% which he said is the “best in a number of years.”
He said the school has cut the long term debt in half since 2009 saying the “refinancing worked out well.” Long term debt in 2009 was $7,960,000 on June 30. By 2012, the long term debt was $3,950,000. Revenues in 2009 were $577,938 over expenditures. In 2012, revenues were $191,139 under expenditures.
He said the school can expect a $300,000 drop in federal revenue next year.
The audit reported September resident membership (total number of students) 2012 – 1,200, 2011 – 1,186, 2010 – 1,190, 2009 – 1,196.
CTA President Jennifer Ring presented her teacher feature on Stephanie Steward, Suzan Durnell, Debbie Vickers and Judy Dawes.
The board renewed the school’s property and liability insurance and approved $5 million in a coverage rider through the MUSIC cooperative.
The board approved a proposal by Edison Learning for it to run the summer school program for 2014, 2015 and 2016 school years. There is a clause that lets the board nullify the contract if state funding is cut for that program.
Middle School Principal Brad Steward reported on the new data director postion. He said he is very pleased with the work done by Tracy Barger terming it a very good start on the information for math, science and communication arts.
Supt. Mark Koca reported that the stadium project including a new track surface has been completed $4,926.79 under budget. He said Building and Grounds Director Bob Cornell’s crew did a lot of the work.
Cornell said the work was “professional.”
Supt. Koca said that Cornell’s crew did a professional job on the new railing on the balcony in the High School gym for $3,300 or $3,400.
Supt. Koca said the school is talking to two conferences about affiliation. He said, “We will probably know something in a month. Kaysinger is probably the best fit. We are working hard on it.”
In closed session, the board hired Raymond Varner as Middle School basketball coach and hired KaLee Wisner as Special Education Teacher. The board accepted the resignation of Sandy Hendricks as school nurse as of Jan. 1.
High School Principal Dave Hedrick gave the A+ report: Of the total High School student body, 245 studetns are enrolled, 111 are not – 69%. Class of 2013 – 58 are enrolled, 19 are not – 75%. Class of 2014 – 54 are enrolled, 31 are not – 64%. Class of 2015 – 68 are enrolled, 26 are not – 72.3%. Class of 2016, 65 are enrolled, 35 are not – 65%.