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School board approves preliminary budget for next year at Boyceville

BOYCEVILLE — The school board approved a preliminary budget for the next school. The budget totaled some $8.2 million dollars in expenses.

District Superintendent Kevin Sipple noted to the board that, “each year with the final meeting in June we present a budget so we can proceed into the new school year.” School year finances follow the actual school year, which is from July 1st to June 30th.

The proposed figures that Sipple presented to the board showed some $8,337,022 in revenues and $8,279,247 in expenses. He stated, “We will have a balanced budget going into the 2014-2015 school year.”

The biggest item in the budget is for salaries for teachers, support staff and administration, which will total some $5,280,469 for the coming year.

In her report to the school board, Special Education Director, Bonnie Barker informed the board that the past year has been a “busy” year in the special education department. She noted that they held 114 Individual Education Plan meetings and 57 Evaluation/Re-evaluation meetings. Her report indicated that 122 students in the district were receiving special education services. That number is 16 percent of the total student population. “When I first started in the district that percentage was 19,” she told the board. She noted that the state average is from 12 to 14 percent.

In his report to the board, High School/Middle School Principal, Steve Glocke noted that summer school will begin next Monday. He said, “15 Middle School students are working furthering their skills to help prepare them for the upcoming school year. A hand full of high school students, are doing remediating work through Odyssey ware to raise their grades to passing levels.”

Glocke noted about the athletes who participated in the state track meet in LaCrosse. “They did us proud,” he noted.

Tiffany Creek Elementary Principal, Nick Kaiser, was not present at the meeting, but his report indicated that the end of the school year picnic was held on June 11 and students enjoyed a number of great field trips including Wakanda Water Park, Science Museum and Como Zoo.

Superintendent Kevin Sipple noted to the board that the excessive rains have flooded the ball field/practice area behind the 7-12 building three times this year. “We are in preliminary discussion with the DNR and Trout Unlimited regarding a stream improvement project in this area,” he said. He also talked about the upcoming School Centennial Celebration, which is scheduled for the week of September 8th, and told the board that 18 youngsters had auditioned for the Community theater production.

Sipple also noted that the annual school meeting will be at 6 p.m. Monday, October 13.