On September 16th the School Board addressed several key topics in their monthly regular meeting. Following hearings to review the budget and tax asking, the Board adopted a tax asking of $6,538,361.68 for the 2019-2020 fiscal year which includes funds going to the General Fund, Bond Fund, and Building Fund. The tax asking is a 0.03% decrease over the 2018-2019 tax asking. The total levy for the upcoming fiscal year will be $0.8615 (cents).
In other action items the Board approved the proposal to remain a part of the High School Softball cooperative with East Butler and David City (aka Blue River Panthers) for the 2020 and 2021 seasons.
Grant Lindsley was sworn in as the Student School Board Member for 1st semester of the 2019-2020 school year. Grant, the son of Eric and Heather Lindsley, is a Senior who participates in football, wrestling, track, FFA, NHS, and rodeo. He is also a class officer this year.
The board entertained discussion on several other items:
- Reviewed enrollment numbers in order to make a determination of football classification for the 2020-2021 High School football cycle. The NSAA Boys number for S-RC would be 40 (Grades 9-10-11) making the school eligible to participate in 8-man football during that cycle.
- Reviewed the current Middle School football agreement with David City Public Schools and determined that if the decision at the High School level is to play 8-man football that then continuing the agreement wasn't necessary.
- Discussed possible bleacher expansion plans for Husky Stadium and asked Mr. Kay to pursue possible costs of each suggestion.
- Mrs. Glock presented an American Flag donated by Ryan Pavlik and delivered to school by Reid Pavlik. The flag was flown at his base during his last tour and a certificate signifying it being in honor of Shelby-Rising City Schools was also presented.
- The District has received a $42,000 grant for a new bus from the NDEE and after reviewing needs granted Mr. Kay permission to bring official bids for purchase to the October regular meeting.
- Mr. Kay and administration presented concerns with the vaping/juuling of students, some of which may be occuring at school. Given the high level health risk associated with the behavior the District plans to educate students and parents on the dangers with printed information and speakers. Mr. Kay presented a cost analysis to install "detectors" in the school that would notify administration when students are using those products.
- The Board listened to information from the Building and Grounds committee on the Greenhouse project. It was determined to have a vendor come do a site analysis and develop a project budget. 50% of the project funds must come from outside sources through grants and fundraising while the other 50% will come from District funds. The Greenhouse will be used by Agriculture, FFA, and Science students.
- The Board adopted the updated Safety and Security Plan and Reunification Plan in preparation for the September 30th Safety Visit.