The Van-Far R-I Board of Education unanimously approved the 2017-18 budget during their monthly meeting last Thursday.
The budget shows revenues of $6,386,636 and expenses of $6,468,808, resulting in a deficit of $82,712.
Expenses include a step in pay and no addition to base of certified staff. It also shows a $475 dollar increase for full-time support staff and administration.
Maintenance of the health insurance monthly payment of $518 for eligible staff is included.
One major difference also shows the elimination of the Adult Education program as it is being reassigned to the Moberly Area Community College.
Van-Far Superintendent Dr. Stephen Hunter said the program was not renewed in the 2017-2018 grant cycle.
Moberly Area Community College will be taking over the program and has asked to use Van-Far’s facility for evening classes as they are not allowed to pay rent. This is a federal guideline.
After discussion, it was mentioned that a classroom be used with AEL furnishings along with equipment periodically during the school day. The board approved the measure by a 5-2 vote as Kevin Motley and Jim Hopke voted “Nay.”
At the beginning of the board meeting, several Spring Sports athletes were recognized for success this past season.
New Van-Far golf coach Melissa Orr introduced the golf team, who won districts and had one state qualifier. Members present for the meeting were Ethan Winders, Rylee Hanson, and Zane Allen. Coach Kelly Borchert introduced the baseball team, who won a district title. Logan Wilson and Treyson Culwell were two players who attended the meeting.
Finally, Van-Far track and field coach Kevin Baldwin introduced the Class 1 state champion boys squad. He noted there were four school records broken.
Members present were Jacob Garner, Parker Wallace, Morgan Slatten, Sharrod Connor, Lathyn McMorris, and Kyle Ebers.
Superintendent Dr. Hunter noted that Ryan Morris is working on installing LED lighting in the back of the building. He is also working on gravel bids and possible repair options for the parking lots.
Enrollment showed 181 at the Elementary School and 15 at the Jr./Sr. High School for 196 students in Summer School.
Van-Far Elementary Principal Brian Hummel noted the Bright Futures BBQ/Swim Party event on June 7 in his written report. Van-Far Jr./Sr. High School Principal Kim Pafford discussed drug testing in her written report.
“We have reviewed the finances of our drug testing program and the low number of students that have tested positive this year and have discussed only doing the random testing once a month, and skip a required testing of every student that is participating in some activity throughout the Summer,” Principal Pafford wrote in her report. “We have also discussed not only testing those involved in activities but including those that are driving and parking on our lot.”
The tire bid from Vandalia Firestone & Appliance was accepted.
Tony Lower said reported on a Cyber Security Boot Camp he recently attended. He also provided information and costs along with potential savings with a possible new phone system for the district.
Remaining 2016-2017 expenditures and budget were approved.
Board member Pete Nasir asked about informational meetings for the ballot issue. Superintendent Dr. Hunter said he is working on dates for public meetings.
A third reading of MSBA 2017A and a first reading of MSBA 2017B policy updates were approved.
In Executive Session, Penny Jennings-Copelin was hired as the Jr. High girls softball coach.
The meeting minutes for May 18, May 25, and June 16 were also approved.