School Board prepares for end of year


HURON — Financial reports were outlined by Business Manager Kelly Christopherson, and presented to the board during the Huron School Board of Education meeting on Monday evening.
The preliminary budget for the 2019-20 school year was introduced to the board and will be followed up with a budget hearing, which is scheduled to take place at the first board meeting in June.
Christopherson noted, “The most significant change expenditure-wise is trying to boost the budget in the music department. Our general fund budget is driven by the State Aid formula, which is driven by enrollment on count day on the last Friday of September. This budget is based on 2,735 students.”
A complete budget summary will be published prior to the public hearing for community members to evaluate, and they are encouraged to attend for public input. The annual five year payment plan to repay debts through the capital outlay fund was presented, with detailed information of the amount spent each year. These costs were broken down into instructional equipment, technology, support services, building and ground improvements, plus services, loans and projects across the district.
“We have about $3.6M to spend in the capital outlay fund next year — over the course of five years, if we have growth of three percent, we will be near a $4M budget in capital outlay plan,” Christopherson explained.
“The total debt service next year is $1.1M, then it will go to $1.4M in the years following,” he said. “I have set aside $300,000 for a transfer to the general fund, that is our opt-out if needed, funded through capital outlay levy.”
The Huron Public School Summer Nutrition program will host the Summer Mobile Lunch Program again this year, where youth, up to the age of 18, will have the opportunity to have free lunch at two locations each week Monday through Friday, beginning on Monday, June 10, and running until Friday, Aug. 2.
The first location will be at Splash Central Water Park near the picnic shelter, where lunch will be served from 10:55 to 11:25 a.m., then the mobile lunch unit will go to the picnic shelter at Prospect Park, and will serve food from 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Breakfast and lunch will also be served at the Huron Middle School Commons over the summer.
Superintendent Terry Nebelsick offered recognition to the three Student School Board Representatives, as Monday evening marked the last board meeting.
They are Jasmine Snow, Sophia Ledeneva and Frank Hines.
Snow said, “I am the longest reigning student representative in my third year. I would really like to say I am grateful to the board for treating me with the utmost respect and kindness, plus giving me a chance to make sure that my voice is heard.”
Ledeneva noted, “It has been a great year. I am very grateful as well for the opportunity that has been given to me to represent the student body of Huron High School.”
“I was on the board for two years, a lot of what I did was voice the opinions of the students at the high school and my own. Thank you for allowing me to be here and to the students for electing me to be on the school board,” said Hines.
Nebelsick’s report also included that a meeting is planned June 10, to review how the goals set in 2018 were carried out. On June 24 they will meet again to set new goals.
These next few weeks will be “critical” after losing nine days because of harsh weather, Nebelsick added.
“I ask us to all approach that with a bit of urgency,” he said.
With the end of the school year fast approaching, the district looks forward to the graduation ceremony for the class of 2019, which will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 26, at Huron Arena.
The next board meeting will be on Tuesday, May 28, at 5:30 p.m. at the Instructional Planning Center. Memorial Day is on Monday, May 27, when the board would normally meet.

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