By RICK HAYES
---- — MT. VERNON — Four new members of the District 80 Board of Education received some healthy financial news at their first meeting together Monday night.
After Matt Reynolds, Brishanta Lee, Cleo Holt and Jaymie Nunnery were seated, Superintendent Mike Green gave an update on state aide payments.
“I’m probably going to say something you’ll never hear me say again,” Green told the Board. “Usually our state payments are over $1 million.The state actually owes us under $100,000 right now. They owe us $95,000 on our last pre-K payment and another $2,000 so they only us $97,000. We got a lot of money. This is a typical state pattern. They usually pay us everything at the end of the fiscal year, which is June, and then we don’t see much again until September. It’s great to get almost caught up, and that last pre-K payment should come before our next board meeting.”
Long time board
member Dennis Hoffman was elected president of the Board during the reorganizational meeting. Reynolds was elected vice president and Janet Miller is the board secretary. The Board set its board meetings for 6:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month.
Board members approved a recommendation from Green to upgrade computer stations at J.L. Buford, Casey, and the Primary Center. Quality Network Solutions, the company who is nearing the end of its second year of a five-year contract with the District, will provide about 96 new computers in the computer labs at those buildings. The estimated $80,000 for the project will come out of the District’s Lease Fund, which is levied, and the District will be able to own the computers at the end of the three-year agreement interest free, it was reported.
IN OTHER BUSINESS:
n Following a review from the administrative team, three District 80 employees have been nominated for Those Who Excel awards. They are: Denae Jones, a primary teacher; Amy Siefer, a Casey Jr. High art teacher; and the late Wayne Pettit, a District 80 volunteer.
n The Board approved a one-year contract with Krehbiel & Associates to conduct the district’s annual audit.
n The Board authorized the superintendent to apply for a 50/50 matching summer maintenance project. A 23-year-old roof over the three-story building at Casey Jr. High is leaking and the District will apply for funds to replace that roof at an estimated cost of $120,000.
n Summer food program and food service contracts were approved.
n Summer school will commence on May 28 and continue through June 21. Susan Staples has been named summer school principal. Special education summer school through the Jefferson-Franklin counties cooperative will be held at the Primary Center.
n It was announced a retirement reception will be held for four District 80 retirees at noon Friday at the Elks Lodge.