The Plymouth School District Board of Education met at 7 p.m. March 20, 2012 in the Plymouth High School Amphitheatre. The board:
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The board accepted $10,000 from the Plymouth High School booster clubs to defray the costs of new restrooms and concession facilities at the football and soccer fields.
Four years ago, the board agreed to pay off the remaining $84,000 for the facilities, with the understanding that the booster groups would pay the money back over 10 years.
This fourth installment leaves a balance of $37,000, well ahead of schedule, said Coach Gale Grahn.
The clubs held a variety of other fundraisers throughout the year, including a golf outing that raised about $2,500. Orders for personalized bricks are still being accepted, Coach Grahn said.
The board also accepted donations of:
• $1,614 from Fairview PTO for 6 microscopes.
• $1,420 from Parkview PTK for 5 microscopes.
• $316.51 from Parkview PTK for student transportation to the Appleton Children’s Museum, and engraved room signs at the school.
• $250 from Bedford Underwriters for PHS students to attend Physics Day at Great America.
• $173.27 from Sargento Inc. and its employees for Horizon Elementary School.
• $95 from Fairview PTO for admission to Above & Beyond Children’s Museum.
• $55 from board member Pam Holzhaeuser.
Chris Scudella updated the board on plans for Summer School, a valued opportunity for students to keep learning through the summer.
Mrs. Scudella outlined several changes to this year’s program:
The district will be offering 80 classes during Summer School, nearly all of which will be offered both sessions. New classes are:
Science Adventure Week will be offered the week before Summer School and Project Lead the Way the week after, for a total of seven weeks of educational opportunities this summer. In addition, several music courses will be offered in August.
The board learned of the successful issuance of $9.6 million in general obligation refunding bonds, which is expected to save district taxpayers $817,000 over the next 13 years.
The original bonds were issued in 2005 to fund updates primarily at Riverview, though each property received some updating or remodeling. Interest rates have dropped significantly since then, allowing the district to refinance the debt.
The board heard an update on the 2012-13 budget from business manager Jon Miller, who projects a deficit of $370,000 to $390,000.
That will be partially offset by an expected surplus of $250,000 for the 2011-12 school year, he said.
The district budgeting process is starting in the hole, Mr. Miller said. Revenues will be down next year, partly due to declining enrollment and also to the end of federal stimulus funds.
Some factors should help the district’s financial picture:
Unknown factors that could affect the budget are health insurance premiums and the open enrollment balance.
Superintendent Clark Reinke said the administration is in the process of reviewing staffing needs for 2012-13, with the goal of keeping the number of employees static.
Work on the support staff employment handbook continues, Dr. Reinke said.
The administration presented a number of recommendations at the board’s last Committee of the Whole meeting, which prompted a lively discussion.
Revisions and final edits now are being made, before the document is sent to the district’s attorney for review. The matter will be discussed at the April 9 Committee of the Whole meeting and is expected to be acted on at the April 17 board meeting.
The changes will take effect on July 1, once the current contract with the support staff expires.
The board learned of several support staff changes:
The board approved a request from Plymouth High School physics teacher Paul Krzyzaniak to take students to the annual Physics Day Program on May 18 at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, Ill.
Board president Mark Rhyan asked people to keep a couple of dates in mind:
Mr. Rhyan also said he, along with Dr. Reinke and PHS Principal Dan Mella, met recently with local law enforcement to discuss ways to educate people regarding the drug problems in our community. While officials seem to have a good handle on the problem in the schools – thanks in large part to Police Liaison Officer Todd Kronberg – we must be sure to keep it in check, he said.
Superintendent Clark Reinke highlighted several recent student and staff accomplishments:
Summary prepared by Jamie Piontkowski, Plymouth School District communications coordinator