2012-04-19 / Local News

Leland amends school budgets to reflect Impact Aid funding

By Amy Hubbell
Of The Enterprise staff

Budget amendments reflecting an improved financial outlook as the school year winds down were approved this week by the Leland Board of Education.

The board voted unanimously to amend its general fund, athletic and food budgets to reflect the receipt of $353,812 in Impact Aid funding. “This puts our budget in a better place than it’s been in years,” board president Bill Robinson said.

Business manager Sandra Potts announced the receipt of two separate payments of $176,906 for the 2011 and 2012 school years. The district is paid in full through 2009 and has received partial payments for 2010 through 2012.

The board amended three funds to reflect the additional revenue and additional expenses resulting from program changes made after adoption of the budget in June 2011.

General fund revenue was increased by $172,987. Although local revenue came in $16,500 short of expectations, it was more than offset by receipt of more than $65,000 in unanticipated state revenue. A total of $738,250 has come to Leland coffers from the State of Michigan.

Federal moneys of $462,000 were anticipated this school year. To date, the district has received $100,000 more for this line item. In addition, Leland has received $61,787 from the Intermediate School District, more than $23,000 greater than what was budgeted.

General fund expenses were amended by $71,010, bringing the tally to $4.8 million.

Twenty-thousand of the increase is attributed to a property tax rebate. Additional expenses were incurred for the purchase of needed textbooks, the return of one teacher from parttime to full-time second semester and increased work time for the school’s “student assistance coordinator” and bilingual teacher.

Food service and athletic budgets were amended to reflect an additional $1,600 in expenses.

In other finance-related business the School Board unanimously adopted two resolutions which are expected to yield $50,000 in additional revenue to the district yet this school year. The “best practices” money, equal to $100 per student, has already been included in this year’s budget.

Board members adopted a “service consolidation” plan and “financial best practices” resolution identifying areas in which the school works cooperatively with other districts.

The second resolution certifies that the district has complied with four of the five “best practices” criteria identifi ed by the state legislature. Leland is now the designated policy holder for medical plans provided to employees; requested competitive bids on non-instructional services; and provides a link on its homepage to the Michigan School Data Portal.

In other business during the 1½- hour monthly meeting the board:

• Heard a presentation from Maggie Sprattmoran, director of the Leelanau Children’s Center on the importance of early childhood education.

• Learned the academic awards ceremony is set for 7 p.m., May 30.

• Learned the National Honor Society induction ceremony is set for 7 p.m., May 9.

Board OKs $86,000 in improvements

The replacement of carpet, windows and doors totaling more than $86,000 was approved this week by the Leland Board of Education.

The board voted 7-0 Monday night to award a bid for replacement of hollow metal doors in the building, replacing existing exterior doors on the west side of the building, windows in eight classrooms and doors at the entrance of the small gymnasium.

Eckler Construction submitted the only bid for the project at $49,000. Another, very local contractor expressed interest in bidding, but backed out, superintendent Jason Stowe said.

Northern Floor and Tile of Traverse City was awarded the bid to remove the existing carpet throughout the building and replace it. Cost of the carpet project is $37,100. KISS Carpet had submitted a bid for about $500 less. However, Stowe recommended approval of the higher bid based on exemplary service provided by the firm in the past.

The improvements are expected to be completed before classes resume next fall.

Cost of the improvements will come from the district’s sinking fund, Stowe said.

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