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Colfax school board conducts annual meeting

by Marlys Kruger

For the second year in a row, the only members of the audience at the annual meeting of the Colfax school board were three administrators and the local reporter which was held July 27 in the high school cafeteria.

Board president Joel Hilson was elected chairman for the meeting while board clerk Christie Hill  was chosen as the clerk. The treasurers report was given by Ken Neuburg which showed total revenues for the 2015-16 year are projected at $8,745,115.00 while total expenditures are $8,694,184.44. The local property tax levy is proposed at $2,815,691.00 but the exact amount will be determined after the third Friday in September pupil count, along with the amount of state aid.

With no old business to discuss, District Administrator Bill Yingst, in his fifth year of leadership, went through items on the proposed budget which indicates the school will receive more money this year then last year for open enrollment transfer and tuition. Colfax usually has more students open enroll in to the district then out, according to Yingst. Some projects that need to be done around the school this year include maintenance on the parking lot by the elementary school, replacing some of the carpet in the high school and buying one or two new lawn movers to replace some of the older ones.

Eight resolutions were approved with the first three combined referring to the prosecution or defense of any action or proceeding in which the school district is interested, furnishing hot lunches to all students and authorizing the district to sell any personalized property belonging to the district.

Resolution number four dealt with school board salaries. Yingst made a motion to increase the salary of all school board members from $70 per meeting to $80, along with increasing the president and clerk’s salary from $900 a year to $950 and board directors from $550 a year to $600.Each board member who attends the State School Board Convention will also receive an increase from $100 to $150 a day for expenses. The motion was seconded by middle school/elementary principal John Dachel and was approved.

“There has not been an increase for the board members for at least five years,” Yingst said. “The cost of traveling has increased, and we need to adjust to the changing times.”

The board approved a fifth resolution stating a tax levy for the year of 2015 in the amount not to exceed $2,636,122.00 with the understanding that adjustments will be implemented in October.

Resolution number six was passed directing the school board to borrow money, as needed, to meet the immediate expenses of operating and maintaining the public instruction in the district. The board also approved moving the October school board meeting from the third Monday to the fourth Monday which will be Oct. 26 due to the Oct. 15 equalized aid release date and for setting the proposed tax levy.

The final resolution approved was for the amount of $179,569.00 to be used on new energy efficiency measures and renewable energy products for the upcoming year.

The first day of school for students will be Tuesday, Sept. 1 and barring any make up days, the last day will be before Memorial Day on May 27. School calenders with all school events listed should be reaching the mail boxes of district residents shortly.