Mt. Vernon Register-News

November 15, 2012

The state owes District 80 $803,000

District’s funds trail in Pre-K, special education and transportation

By ROSIE GITHINJI
CNHI

MT. VERNON — The state is behind in payments to District 80 in the amount of $803,000. Superintendent Mike Green told the board the payments are behind for pre-K, special education and transportation.

“I really don’t expect to see any money before the first of the year,” Green said.

Of the $803,000, transportation monies owed are in the amount of $154,000, special education is owed $145,000 and pre-K is owed $500,000, Green said.

He added the district had received a federal grant in the amount of $110,000 for the 21st Century Community learning Center and classes will begin after Thanksgiving break. The grant is for five years, dependent upon funding from the state.

The board adopted a resolution to approve the estimated amount to be levied for the 2012 year. Green said a Truth and Taxation hearing will not be needed because the district is asking for an increase of 4.899 percent, which is under the 5 percent that would require a hearing. The board will be voting on the measure at the next regular board meeting, Green said.

The estimated amount for the levy was mostly guesswork, because there are still too many unknown factors, Green added.

The board also adopted a resolution to partially abate the working cash fund in the amount of $700,000 to the operations and maintenance fund for the district. In addition, a resolution was approved to authorize a transfer of the education fund in the amount of $1.8 million to the operations and maintenance fund. The board also approved a resolution to transfer $2.5 million out of the operations and maintenance fund to the capital projects fund.

Primary Center Principal Shannon Marler gave the board an update on what is going on at the school. She said enrollment is up by about 35 students. There are 193 children enrolled in kindergarten, 179 students in first grade, 157 in second grade and 128 students enrolled in third grade, she said.

Marler also reported on the ISAT scores for the Primary Center. She said that the school did not meet the AYP for reading, but did meet the AYP standards in math. She said that while the reading scores may not have met the AYP requirements for this year, they are up from last year.

“We have a really structured campus,” she said. “We really are trying to make sure all our students are successful.”

In other business, the board:

n Received an update on the Zadok Casey Middle School expansion project. Green said overall things are progressing in a timely manner and the district is receiving updates from both Holland Construction and FGM Architects on a regular basis;

n Green signed a proclamation designating Nov. 15, 2012 School Board Member Day. The board received candy, cards and a video made by third grade students expressing their appreciation for the work the board members have done.