The Washington Times-Herald

May 23, 2013

North Daviess still facing budget cuts

Lindsay Owens
Washington Times Herald

ELNORA — Members of the state legislature gave schools a two percent increase but North Daviess Community Schools Superintendent Robert Bell said the corporation will still get funding cuts over the next four years.

"Because we receive over $1,000 more per student than the foundation grant, we had the same enrollment as last year but we still cut $63,828," said Bell.

Bell also said that Title I funding is going to be cut at least five percent next school year. That five percent translates to about $25,000. Projections for the 2014-2015 school year show an 18.6 percent reduction in funding for the program.

Due to the new health care reform, Bell told members of the school board that all employees working more than 30 hours per week must be offered affordable health insurance. If the corporation fails to offer the insurance by December 31, the corporation will pay fines ranging from $3,000 to $140,000. Currently, 11 North Daviess employees working in food service and in custodian positions are affected.

Last week the elementary school compressors for the cooling system were out of service. Both Havel and Johnson Controls looked at the units. Two of the three compressors were fixed but the third will need to be replaced. The estimated cost for the new compressor would be about $35,000. Bell said the corporation was fortunate because insurance will cover the breakdown of the unit minus the $5,000 deductible.

   Several extracurricular positions were approved as well as the retirement of Mrs. Sue Dart after 39 years of teaching.

  In other news, Psi Iota XI donated $300 to the high school for the purchase of art supplies and two overnight trips for the varsity girls' basketball team were approved.

  Graduation will take place at 7p.m. Friday.