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Hall approves 2013-14 budget

SPRING VALLEY — The Hall High School Board approved the 2013-14 budget at Wednesday night’s meeting. In the public budget hearing prior to the board meeting, Superintendent Mike Struna explained the budget shows deficit spending in the education, operating and maintenance, debt service and IMRF/SS funds.

The projected deficits in the education and operating and maintenance funds will be covered by the reimbursement of $314,270 from the new building bond when it is acquired. The district spent a large sum of money last year to cover the expenses of the architect for the building project.

Deficits in the debt service fund and IMRF/SS fund will be covered by balances held in those funds at the end of the Fiscal Year 2013 budget.

The FY ‘14 budget is projected to be balanced after the above-mentioned inter-fund transfers.

The board also heard a new building update from Healy, Bender and Associates. The architects continue to make minor improvements to the design of the building. The most recent changes include mirroring brick work to look like the old building and even repurposing some features from the old building. The new school will also have an arched entrance with a Hall High School sign similar to the current one.

In other new building business, the board adopted a project labor agreement for the new school project. The district agrees to require contractors on the new high school project to sign the contract which requires 100 percent union contractors. In return, the unions agree not to engage in any work stoppage, strikes or picketing which would delay the project. 

In other business:

• The board also adopted a construction management contract with Leopard Construction Management Inc.

• Struna also proposed the board hire PMA Financial Network for the management of bond funds. The board unanimously agreed.

• Struna informed the board informal, unannounced classroom observations have been implemented for the purpose of improvement of instruction. Formal visits have also begun with the opportunity for administration to give feedback to teachers and to rank the teachers in regards to their performance. Twenty-four teachers have been visited thus far this year.

• Board President Jack Boroski signed the collective bargaining contract that was presented to the board last month.

• Bob Peterlin was hired as the spring musical director. Ashley Mekeel was hired to accompany chorus classes during two periods a day.

• The next regularly scheduled board meeting will be at 6 p.m. Oct. 16 in the library.

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