Carlinville school board approves amended budget
By: DANIEL WINNINGHAM
Enquirer~Democrat managing editor
Carlinville Community Unit School District No. 1 business manager Heather DeNeve provided a overview presentation of the amended budget during a brief public hearing Monday evening. No one from the community was in attendance to ask questions or voice opposition to the amended 2019-2020 budget.
Original fiscal year revenues were projected at $17,160,314 million, with the final amended budget revenue total at $17,402,187, an increase of approximately $241,873.
There was a projected $120,000 increase in title funds and a $100,000 increase in the Midstate special education fund balance as well as a $47,000 increase due to the refund of health insurance costs through United Health Care. The district’s transportation fund showed a decrease of about $53,000 in state payments received. There was also a decrease of about $15,000 in IMRF contributions and $7,000 drop in the capital projects fund due to reduced county facility sales tax revenues. Estimates could be down in June and later months, according to DeNeve.
On the expense side, the original estimate was $17,618,300 but reported expenditures as shown Monday were $17,442,577, which was down $175,723. Education fund expenses were $12.7 million and accounted for 72.9 percent of the total expenses. Operations and maintenance costs were $1,486,342, or about 8.5 percent.
DeNeve explained with the expense that the transportation fund had an estimated $50,000 less in salaries and benefits due to fewer substitutes, a reduced number of field trips and no athletic travel.
Capital projects went from $375,000 to $455,000 due to an increase of about $80,000 in expenses from the county facility sales tax revenue. DeNeve said improvements such as pavement repairs at the high school, intermediate and primary schools, as well as a kitchen sewer line and other plumbing improvements at the high school and updated security measures districtwide. Cameras and integrate with the Carlinville police department as well doors that can lock at the push of a button are part of the security improvements.
District superintendent Becky Schuchman said the state plans to include sales sales from online purchases but that likely won’t occur until 2021. However, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic may move the timeline up.
“The state may push to get that done earlier to capture more revenue,” Schuchman said.
Since the school district began receiving revenue through the facilities tax July 1, 2017, and the account has a balance of about $600,000, according to DeNeve.
While DeNeve’s report showed a final amended budget surplus of $296,092, she thinks additional expenses may eventually balance the budget.
“I think we have a very good chance of being balanced, honestly,” DeNeve said.
After the public hearing, the board later approved the amended budget unanimously (7-0).
The board reorganized after the budget hearing. Kathy Norris is now serving as president, Sam Harding is vice president and Dale Reels is secretary. Previously, Dan Kallal was president and Kathy Norris served as vice president.
Former board member Charlie Siegel remains the district’s treasurer.
The board accepted resignations from Shelly Wills as high school girls’ track coach;
Alexis Burns (high school teacher, boys’ track coach); Jenna Wernsing (high school teacher, boys’ track coach); and Quinn Steiner (effective at the end of the 2023-24 school year).
Other measures which the board approved included: a motion to approve a consolidated district plan; a resolution to sell or destroy surplus property; rehiring of education support staff; a rental agreement for the Demuzio Sport Center; and a motion to approve exhaust bids for portions of the high school.
For this month’s district spotlight, Schuchman highlighted high schoolers who finished with straight A’s for the first semester of the 2019-20 school year. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, students were given satisfactory or unsatisfactory marks for the second semester.
The students included ninth graders Jenna Beck, Madalynn Bloome, Morgan Carrino, Margaret DeLong, Ethan Gibbel, Gianna Kampwerth, Emaly Lewis, Kayla Quarton, Zachary Reels, Jacob Schwartz, Connor Strutner, Lanna Vanderpoel, Marlee Whitler, Sara Wiese and Charles Wilson; 10th graders Morgan Broaddus, Amanda Cox, Peyton Dahler, Megan Dunn, Storm England, Caroline England, Owen Griffiths, Annabelle Hulin, Charlie Kessinger, Caylee McDaniels, Alexis Norwood, Naomi Owada, Jacob Petrovich, Eli Rafcliff, Sophia Rufatto, Lauren Summers, Ayden Tiburzi, Michaela Utter, Grace Wickert and Aaron Wills; 11th graders Jillian Biddle Brigid Dunn, Tori Hartson, Matilda Mitchell and Abigail Way; and 12th graders Emily Barr, Alicia Bellm, Colton DeLong, Sarah DeNeve, Charles Gibbel, Jack Kessinger, Riann McClain, Olivia Oswald, Matthew Reynolds and Allison Rosentreter.
The next Carlinville CUSD No. 1 Board of Education meeting will be Monday, July 13, at 7 p.m. at the media center at the high school media center (library).