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School Board approves 2018 budget

By Staff | Sep 15, 2017

In a meeting Tuesday morning, the Rugby Public School District Board approved the proposed budget for fiscal year 2018.

The district is projecting a deficit in the next fiscal year, with general fund expenditures exceeding revenues by $108,747.60.

The district is levying 60 mills with land valuations over $24.9 million for its general fund, 10 mills for discretionary funds and 12 mills for miscellaneous funds.

The district is projecting nearly $2.1 million in revenue from local sources, over $4.7 million from state sources, $210,554.76 from federal sources and $1,800 from other sources.

However, the district projects Ely Elementary will have over $2.5 million in expenditures, Rugby High School over $2.9 million and the district over $1.4 million in FY2018. The district also projects $371,099.13 in expenditures will go toward extra-curricular activities.

Policy readings approved

The board approved the second reading of an unpaid meal account policy, as well as the first reading of a policy to put guidelines in place for the addition or removal of school-sponsored activities.

District Superintendent Mike McNeff said he had been approached about adding activities, and as an example discussed with the board policies Devils Lake High School has for addition and/or removal.

“It’s good to have something in place,” said Board Member Shane Livedalen.

For the meal policy, families are to pre-pay for meals when they register students and can pay in school offices or electronically. Parents or guardians are then encouraged to view balances online and set up low balance alerts which are sent when balances drop to $5 via email or text message.

Students with negative meal account balances would not be denied or provided alternate meals, however repayment plans could be set up. If payments are not received, the district could delay issuing report cards, diplomas or transfer transcripts. If checks are returned with insufficient funds, the amounts are taken out of the student’s meal account on receiving notice from the bank, after which payments would need to be done in cash.

Other actions

– The board moved to table action on a 10-year facility plan as well as an updated enrollment study.

– The board discussed a request from North Star Community Credit Union regarding placing an ATM in the high school; board member education and guidelines; and fall enrollment.

– The board approved August meeting minutes and financial statements.

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