Cozad's School Board Discuss Future Budget Considerations

The Cozad Community Schools Board of Education held at special noon meeting on Monday, August 29, 2016.
Several Action Items were presented by Superintendent Joel Applegate and approved by the board members.
The first item approved including the high school in scheduled early dismissals on September 21, December 21, April 19 and May 17 for the 2016-2017 school year. On the school calendar these early dismissals on the 3rd Wednesday of each month were for only Pre-Kindergarten – 8th Grade, but after the initial early dismissal on August 17th it was discovered that with share teachers at the various levels it was difficult to schedule the shortened classes.
Approval was also granted to transfer $200,000 from the General Fund to the Depreciation Fund as follows: $10,000 for future agriculture equipment, $20,000. for track renovation, $13,000 for gym floor, $50,000.00 for heat pumps at the elementary and middle schools, $50,000 for roof repair/replacement and $57,000 for HVAC.
According to Superintendent Applegate the HVAC will be in a few weeks to ascertain why the demand is so high at the high school. He also noted that 50 – 60 heat pumps would probably need to be replaced in upcoming years at the elementary and middle school.
$3,250.58 was also transferred from the General Fund to Athletics due to less revenue being taken in during the 2015-2016 school year as compared to prior years.
The financial claims as presented for the end of the 2015-2016 fiscal year were also approved.
Superintendent Applegate and board members Ann Burkholder, Jeremy Geiger, Scott Geiser, John Peden and Dennis Worrell also discussed budget considerations for the 2016-2017 school year. The budget hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at 6:40 p.m. followed by the tax hearing at 6:50 p.m. The regular monthly board meeting will follow at 7:00 p.m.
“Some of our main budget concerns for the 2017-2018 school year include a full time counselor at the middle school, an additional 3rd grade teacher at the elementary, a full time or possibly a shared school psychologist, an English teacher at the middle school and hopefully an ag teacher,” Applegate explained.
At the present time the mill levy is set at $1.02 with $1.00 for the General Fund and $0.02 for the Building Fund. City residents will also have a bond issue.

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