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By Amber Hayden
BOYCEVILLE – The Boyceville Board of Education met on Wednesday evening, October 9, for their annual and budget meetings to discuss the increase to the amount levied for the district.
Although the final numbers were not available for Boyceville until Tuesday, October 15, the Board of Education met to go over the rough numbers provided by superintendent Nick Kaiser.
The Boyceville School District is looking at an 8.4 percent increase in the mill rate and levy from the 2018-19 school year as the district will look to levy $3,064,856.
This is $237,256 more than last year which brings the mill rate to 9.77, a 75-cent increase from 2018-19.
“As we finished up the 18-19 budget we made the decision to get a bus, we added some curriculum for Science, we picked up a couple of servers in technology to round out that budget a little bit,” said Kaiser. “We ended up getting some sources of revenue a little bit late in the year that came through, which we were doing some anticipated spending, deficit spending, that ended up coming in about even.”
There are still minor things that hang in the balance for the Boyceville district, one of which includes the Tiffany Creek stream bank project, but with the revenue that was received it will even things out.
A major change that reflects for the upcoming 2019-20 budget is the amount per pupil that Boyceville will receive, last year the amount was at $9,400 and it jumped to $9.700 for the new school year.
“That will have an impact on the proposed budget,” Kaiser explained.
The district began the year with $3.1 million in their general fund, and fund 10, and with the proposed budget look to see a minor decrease of $20,468.57.
Fund 50, food services, is the one thing that Kaiser expressed to keep an eye on throughout the school year as there had been a decrease in that fund.
“We will want to look at food prices, and where we are at,” said Kaiser.
Boyceville’s Community Service fund, Fund 80, was also decreased from the 2018-19 school year, Kaiser explained, stating that a portion of it was used to fund the summer activities for the Boyceville District.
“It is popular and costs a little bit more, but that is why we have that money there,” explained Kaiser. “We made the decision to spend that down a little bit.”
But even with the spending from the 2018-19 school year, Boyceville will still look at a 1.23 percent increase with the proposed 2019-20 budget.
Erik Evenson did ask Kaiser if this was without knowing the equalized value, to which Kaiser responded that the numbers they were using for the proposed budget were from the spring values.
“From what we know today, there wasn’t much of an increase in the equalized value,” Kaiser stated. “It’s projected that there will be a little bit of an increase.”
Boyceville will also have a projected $5 million in state general aid, and will see $288,000.00 from Achievement Gap Reduction (AGR).
Kaiser informed the board of the estimated expenditures and financing uses would total to $9,104,029 for the 2019-20 school year.
One piece of information Kaiser was pleased to present to the board was the end of year indebtedness amount, which at the end of the school year will be $5.7 million.
“To give a little perspective on that, in 2008-09 that number was at $13,885,000,” he said. “So, it has dropped quite a bit in the right direction.”
As for academics, Boyceville was ranked third in their CESA district, and were one-of-three schools that were exceeding, and Kaiser will hope to keep that moving forward.
“We want to be advocates for kids and for education,” Kaiser said. “Moving the state forward in some of the initiatives they have.”
Also during the annual meeting the board approved the salaries for board members at $2,150 for the president, $1,600 for the vice president, $1,750 for the clerk, $1,750 for the treasurer, and $1,600 for other members on the board, and Weld Riley Law Firm was approved for any necessary action.
In other business, the Board of Education:
• Accepted the resignation of Stacie Ulrich Kurschner as part-time Paraprofessional.
• Approved the hiring of Nicole Nusberger as part-time Paraprofessional.
• Approved changes to the 2019-20 Employee Handbook, dealing with verbiage in the insurance policies.
• Approved the 2019-20 Employee Handbook