Chatfield board sets
levy, reviews audit
Tuesday, December 24, 2013 4:26 AM
Chatfield's school board held its annual truth in taxation hearing last Monday, Dec. 16, before opening its regular December meeting.
Superintendent Ed Harris reported on revenues and budgets, sharing a slide presentation that cited the 2012-2013 actual revenues at $10,010,304 and the 2013-2014 budget at $10,323,111, for an increase of 3.12 percent.
The 2012-2013 actual budget was $10,081,150, and the 2013-2014 budget, $10,641,291, for an increase of 5.56 percent.
The property tax levy was set at $2,015,395.07.
Following the approval of the property tax levy, the board heard the annual audit report as given by Alan Anderson, who cited, "I find here a good set of books."
Harris thanked the district's business manager, Karyl Lyon, and district secretary, LuAnn Hare, for their dedication to prudent financial management.
Chatfield's principals spoke highly of the district's music department and the instructors who have led students in recent Christmas concerts. Chatfield Elementary Principal Craig Ihrke commended Carmen Narveson and the kindergarten through third grade students for their performance and Chatfield High School Principal Randy Paulson commended choir director Barb Ahl and band director Katy Jablonski.
Ihrke stated, "I'd like to congratulate the students and thank Carmen Narveson - the matinee concert was well attended with over 300 people, and the evening concert had over 1,000 people. The fourth through sixth grade concert is coming up in January."
Ihrke also spoke about his hopes for the results found by a consultant hired to take inventory of the elementary's strengths and weaknesses. At the October meeting, he had explained a few shortcomings that have affected the school's progress ratings.
"We're looking forward to getting that study back and getting to work on it," he said.
Paulson expressed the district's appreciation to junior high football coach Jerry Chase, also the board chairman, who has chosen to resign after 19 years of service.
He said, "It's not usual to find someone with that experience coaching the younger teams and we truly appreciate that."
Volleyball coach Troy Swancutt also has resigned and Paulson thanked him as well for six years of devotion to the high school volleyball team.
Harris updated the board on coaching evaluation plans, noting that most of the evaluation process has begun but that football coach Jeff Johnson will not be evaluated immediately because of the team's long season and trip to state competition. He anticipates that evaluation will take place in January.
Harris also spoke about a request for the district's finance committee to meet in January to discuss changes to district funding and planning for the coming years' operation costs. "We project that we'll need to reduce expenditures by about $200,000 in the next two years," he said.
Harris then told the board about legislation in progress - World's Best Workforce - that will be in effect soon. World's Best Workforce is an initiative to align and oversee achievement programming, and the superintendent concluded that "we hope to have all things come together so that we can have something for you to review in January."
In other matters, the board handled the following items during its meeting.
The board approved the annual resolution discontinuing and reducing programming and positions, which allows the district to review enrollment, class demand and staffing needs, making reductions if needed.
Harris told the board he is excited to welcome 400 to 500 staff members from other area schools to the upcoming Techspo, a seminar on the use of technology that is set for Monday, Jan. 20.
It was noted that since the date for the next regular school board meeting is Jan. 20, also Martin Luther King Day, the next meeting is set for Tuesday, Jan. 21, at 7 p.m. in the high school media center. The public is welcome to attend.