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July 17, 2019

7/1/2019 2:44:00 PM
H'ville OKs budget, discusses drug-test policy
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The Hutsonville Unit 2 Board of Education Monday night approved a tentative 2019 budget, heard a report on how 2018 should close out and discussed new student drug testing and physical education policies.

Superintendent Julie Kraemer went over how she expects the 2018 fiscal year to close at the end of the month. Overall, the district will still have positive fund balances as of June 30, but will have a loss due to some missing revenue payments that won't hit until July and reimbursement for residential tuition payments coming a year later. The district also purchased a bus and completed some significant maintenance to the buildings and grounds.

Looking forward to next year the board is expecting revenues of $4,219,515 and disbursements of $4.528,732 following a brief hearing held preceding the meeting. Kraemer pointed out that some of those disbursements include the purchase of another bus, and personnel that may be hired as the year progresses.

The board also set the fee schedule for 2019 school year. Book rental for all day kindergarten through eighth grade will cost $85, and $100 for high school. Discounts apply for online registration and fees paid before Aug. 1. A new expanded food service program will be offering pre-k through high school breakfast for $1.60. Lunch will be $2.35 for eighth grade and under, $2.35 for high school and $3 for adults. Milk will be $.50.

At the high school, students failing to dress for physical education classes may receive a failing grade for the quarter if they miss a certain number of days. The policy change is being considered based on students choosing not to dress or participate the last few weeks of school, but still receiving a passing grade.

In addition, Kraemer said the district should have the proposed random drug testing policy for all extracurricular activities and those who drive completed in time for the July board meeting. Details of the policy are still under review, but the basic premise is that any student driving to school or off campus classes, and any student participating in an extracurricular activity will be required to take a baseline drug test, and be subject to random drug testing throughout the school year.

Extracurricular activities would include all sports, clubs, marching band, National Honor Society, WYSE teams, Scholastic Bowl, and other school organized extra curricular activity. The Illinois High School Association already has random testing for students participating at the state level, and Kraemer said they are modeling the new policy from Lawrenceville and Flora policies.

In other business the board directed the superintendent to advertise for bids on tires, appointed Chad Weaver as IASB delegate and performed a review of the districts wellness policy. The board also adopted an amended school calender to reflect allowed attendance days.

Summer maintenance continues. A large volume of work was completed with the help of United Way Day of Caring volunteers. Painting, playground work, drainage work, and the running of new water and electrical lines for a planned greenhouse were installed.

Kraemer reported that grants are being pursued for the new agricultural greenhouse. Current cost estimates are around $30,000 for the completed project.

In personnel matters the board accepted the resignation of Dustin McDonald and Sherry Nehls. They hired Tawnya Love as a high school math teacher, Kelly Hargis for Special Education and Jeremy Wollman for grade school physical education. The board also approved the administrator's contract for Robin Karras.

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