SPRINGVILLE — The Springville-Griffith Institute Board of Education approved the proposed budget for the 2014-15 school year, during the April 22 meeting. The budget, which totals $36,135,708, was passed with only board vice president Joan Kelly opposed.
Included in the budget is a fully funded social worker, a stipend for a transportation supervisor and a fully budgeted grant writer. The latter positions were added last year after the budget was passed and are being included in this year’s budget, in the interest of transparency.
Due to enrollment numbers, the budget calls for the elimination of one special education teaching position and one special education aid position and the addition of one kindergarten teaching position. At the recommendation of the Comprehensive District Education Plan, the budget also includes the addition of a curriculum coordinator, to focus on the curriculum and direction of the district.
“The budget focuses on the board of education’s goals in teaching and learning and we continue to support those,” Superintendent Paul Connelly said. “The CDEP focus on curriculum; the budget continues to focus on that.”
The adoption of the proposed budget holds the board to the expenditure budget of $36,135,708.
“All we’re saying to our voters is that we’re going to run our operations the best we can,” School Business Administrator Ted Welch said. “But we will not go over that budget amount.”
The tax levy in the adopted 2014-15 budget is 3.01, which will bring it right up to the tax cap.
“It’s important to know that when we put the tax cap at 3.01, what that equates to on a home that’s worth $100,000 will be $1.46 per month more than what they’re currently paying,” Connelly said.
Welch explained that retirement incentives for faculty and staff, while bittersweet, kept the district from having to make significant cuts, in that area.
Board member Jon Einarsson applauded the budget for following the recommendations from the community conversation held earlier this year and the consideration of bringing in a curriculum coordinator.
“I think the board needs to be clear on the role for the curriculum coordinator. What are their priorities in 14-15,” said board member Allison Duwe. “I’m comfortable with the budget but we need to be clear on what we expect ... where we’re heading.”
In other board matters:
– The board discussed the feasibility of recycling in the cafeteria and agreed looking into recycling is a good step for the district.
– Connelly reported the Family Support Center is helping 28 families, up four from a few weeks ago.
– The superintendent also congratulated the fine arts and the science club on their first-place win in the Rain Barrel Painting Contest. The clubs brought home a $750 prize.
The next meeting is on May 13 at 7 p.m. in the high school library and media center.