Fillmore Central receives audit report, financial
status strengthened following years of cut backs
Wednesday, December 04, 2013 2:16 AM
The Fillmore Central School Board received a summary of the district's finances ending June 30, 2013, at its Tuesday, Nov. 26, board meeting. Jason Boynton from Smith Schafer & Associates, LTD, was on hand to go through the numbers for the board.
The general fund revenues exceeded expenses by over $650,000 in 2013. Currently, the unassigned general fund balance on June 30 is 52 percent of current expenditures. Total fund balance is at roughly $2.8 million, which board Chairman Ross Kiehne noted was a result of the previous board making decisions to cut back in 2010. "It paid off," he stated. "I think it allows us freedom to move forward in what is right for the students."
Enrollment increased by six students from 2012 to 2013, which is the second year in a row that enrollment had increased. About 62 percent of the district's revenue came from state aid and 19 percent from property taxes. Overall, the tax levy is set to decrease in 2014 to under $1.5 million for the first time since 2011. The budget and levy for 2014 will be addressed at the board's Truth and Taxation meeting.
The board approved the financial summary and clean audit.
Principal, dean's reports
Dean of Students Chris Mensink reported that both the Preston and Harmony Area Community Foundations had raised the most money on the Give to the Max Day, which was Nov. 14.
Harmony had raised $13,379 in a competition with Rushford and Preston raised $10,135 to top Spring Valley. This means the school district will be receiving two sports equipment donations from Miken Sports. The equipment will be received on Tuesday, Dec. 3, and Thursday, Jan. 30, at home basketball games in each town.
Mensink thanked Diane Hadoff, Nancy Byrne, Nancy Dahly and Jill Eerdmans for running the Elementary Scholastic Book Fair, which raised $5,217. The amount raised warranted a bonus in Scholastic Dollars, which will be used to purchase more books for the school library.
Both Mensink and Principal Heath Olstad congratulated the volleyball team on their state runner-up achievement and thanked the community and band for their participation. Mensink also noted Taylor Case had been named to the All-State team and head coach Denise Case had been named the Section 1A Coach of the Year. A team-signed volleyball had been auctioned off at the welcome home ceremony on Sunday, Nov. 10, which raised $2,000 for the athletic department.
Due to warping of the gymnasium floor in Harmony, the board approved its replacement. The floor was original to the facility, being constructed in 1967. Water damage, humidity and age had caused irrevocable warping to the floor. All girls' home basketball games will be held at the Preston site until the new floor is installed. Approximately $60,000 of the cost will be paid for by the school's insurance. The installation will include demolition, asbestos abatement, installation and other related work. The Dec. 5 wrestling meet was moved to Lanesboro.
A few other schedule adjustments were noted due the Chatfield Gopher wrestling and basketball seasons being delayed by the Gopher football team's championship run in the playoffs.
Mensink thanked the Preston Fire Department, which had donated $500 of its pull-tab money to purchase an iPad for the athletic department.
Olstad noted in his report the Scholar Club ceremony was held on Wednesday, Nov. 20, and honored 49 students in the 10th, 11th and 12th grades for their academic successes. Olstad thanked all staff members at the school district for contributing to a strong school system, in recognizing American Education Week held in November.
In the month of December, a program titled Fillmore Central Gives Back will enable attendees to home athletic events to donate a non-perishable food item to go to the Fillmore County Food Shelf. Donors will receive a dollar off their admission price.
The board hired Mary Tilden as a school psychologist to be available every Wednesday beginning Dec. 4. Melissa Herron was hired as a special education paraprofessional at the high school.
The board approved four open enrollment requests.
A new exhaust system and make-up air exchange system was approved to be purchased and installed at the high school industrial arts shop.
The district's Truth in Taxation meeting will be held Wednesday, Dec. 18, as part of the regular board meeting in Preston.