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Public hearings to be focus of school board meeting

Published: Friday, April 5, 2013 11:28 a.m. CST • Updated: Friday, April 5, 2013 11:29 a.m. CST

Monday’s 6 p.m. school board meeting at Berg Elementary School will revolve around the district’s three planned public hearings.

The first public hearing will take place at 6:15 p.m. over the district’s proposed surveillance camera project. The board is seeking public input on its plan to implement more security cameras into every building within the district. The project will be financed 50 percent from a federal grant and 50 percent from sales tax funds. The board will read the different bids and vote and select a bid later in the meeting after hearing the public’s input.

The second public hearing will start at 6:20 p.m. and focus on the 2012-2013 fiscal year budget amendment. The proposed amended budget will increase instructional costs from $19,661,304 to $20,541,275, total support services from $8,335,290 to $10,464,773, non-instructional programs from $1,191,188 to $1,283,000 and other total expenditures from $3,752,110 to $3,802,152. All increases were cited as “to reflect actual expenditures.”

In a notice, the district stated:

“This change in estimates of expenditures will be financed from increased receipts and balances not budgeted or considered in the current budget. There will be no increase in taxes to be paid in the fiscal year ending June 30. At the hearing, any resident or taxpayer may present objections to, or arguments in favor of, any part of the proposed amendment.”

A vote will take place later in the meeting. This hearing also will segue into the 2013-2014 fiscal year proposed budget hearing. The proposed budget will cut district expenditures 26.1 percent and increase funding for instruction by 4.8 percent. The projected budget total is $44,426,930.

The district stated:

“At the hearing, any resident or taxpayer may present objections to, or arguments in favor of, any part of the proposed budget. This notice represents a summary of the supporting detail of revenues and expenditures on file with the district secretary.”

The board will vote on the matter later on.

There also will be new student representatives at the meeting. Dakota Mallory and Alexandra Cupples will replace Vinnie Hoskins. Katelyn McCarey will remain as a student representative.

In his report, Superintendent Steve McDermott will update the board on his efforts to get ALICE training regionalized among the area school districts.

Staff writer Ty Rushing may be contacted at (641) 792-3121, ext. 426, or at trushing@newtondailynews.com.

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