A public hearing was held Monday evening at the Alta High School to allow the school board to approve the amendment of the 2003-04 fiscal year budget.
A total of $200,000 will be transferred from the facility acquisition and construction line to the general fund. This amendment is necessary, said Superintendent Fred Maharry, "and in good faith. We have nothing to hide. There will be no additional tax askings."
It was pointed out that it will not be necessary to borrow any money; this is simply a transfer from one line to another. It was also pointed out that there are other areas of the budget that are way underbudget.
"We coded some expenses for the school to facilities acquisition and construction that could have been coded to the general fund," said Superintendent Maharry. "This was done to protect the general fund. Now we are turning around and recoding these expenditures to the general fund so we don't go over on line 35A - total other expenses."
It was pointed out that as in any construction project, there are additional expenses. Most schools with large construction projects go through this same situation.
The construction company is asking for final payments but there is a great deal of work that hasn't been completed satisfactorily. The pressure is being put on the construction company to complete the work before payment is made.
Maharry added that the school will receive a sales tax check from the state for $63,000 from equipment and building supplies used in the construction of the new school. The money should have been here by now but paperwork hasn't been completed.
If anyone has any questions about this situation may contact Fred Maharry at the school.
At this special meeting, the board approved an out-of-country trip set for next June for Spanish students of Sherri Anderson who will travel to Mexico. The school will pay no portion of the trip. Students will raise the funds themselves and be asked to show proof of or purchase medical and accident insurance to cover them on this out-of-country trip.
The board approved summer custodial help. Steve Hamer was hired to mow the middle school and elementary grounds for $7 per hour. Also hired were Marcia Hamer for $8 an hour; Kristen Meyer for $7.50 an hour; Jesse Fulkerth for $7 an hour; James Mitchell at $5.50 an hour and Jon Weiland and Tyler Reetz will share a position at $5.50 an hour.