In the minutes - POMEROY SCHOOL BOARD

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Pomeroy School District Board members are Paul Ruark, Lori Slaybaugh, Steve Carlson, Bart Gingerich and Ed Sullivan. With all present Monday the board:

  • WORKSHOP: Discussed Junior-Senior High remodernization. Architect talked about the design development phase of the project. During the regular meeting the board unanimously approved the design phase. The next phase is the construction document. Board members also reviewed the state budget outlook on projects. Right now the project is on schedule to be shovel-ready July 1, so if funding is available the district can go out for bids in late July, Superintendent Kim Spacek said. "We will move ahead, until told we have money, or there is a crisis and we don't have money," he said.
  • FUNDING CUTS: Discussed cuts in K-3 enhancement funding made by recent Legislature action. The district expected to receive about $26,000 for the year, but the funding will end Feb. 1. This means the district will receive $10,000 less than expected. The district has the ability to absorb the difference from the reserve fund for this year.
  • LEVY: Reviewed documents for the levy, including talking points, schedule of events and flier. The district will seek a $661,076 one-year levy Feb. 8. Estimated cost per $1,000 assessed valuation would be $2.78. Spacek noted the district's 10-year average for levies is about 77 percent of authorized capacity.
  • FINANCES: Learned expenditures for December are about $323,000, compared to $347,000 in November. Enrollment continues to average 309 full-time equivalent, while the budget is based on 295 FTE.
  • CONFERENCES: Learned about 60 percent of parents attended parent-teacher conferences in early November.
  • COLLEGE: Learned Spacek is discussing Running Start and college English programs Walla Walla Community College.
  • MEETINGS: Set board dates for January. The board will meet Jan. 10 at 7 p.m. and Jan. 24 at 5 p.m.

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