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Hall reviews ‘14 budget

SPRING VALLEY – The Hall High School Fiscal Year 2014 budget, which ended on June 30, was under review by the Hall High School Board Wednesday evening. 

The budget shows the district lost $350,354 in revenue last year alone.  The main loss was in general state aid which totaled a loss of $303,187. Because of the board tightening its belt, the budget only shows a loss of $130,000.

“The bottom line for our budget is that we have a revenue problem, not an expenditure problem,” Hall Superintendent Mike Struna said. “We have made cuts to expenses each year during the past five years in order to control expenses. Although we are operating with expenses lower than what we did in FY ‘10, the cuts we have made to expenses have not kept up with the revenue reductions from the state.”

General state aid has been prorated during the past three years (89 percent, 92 percent and 95 percent), and it will be prorated again this year at 89 percent.

“The local taxpayers have taken on a disproportionate burden of funding public education due to the four-year decrease in state funding,” Struna added. “If the state would fund public education at the rate that is in the statute, Hall High School would not have deficit budget issues.”

In other business, Tony Orlandi of Leopardo Construction gave the board an update on the progress of the new Hall High School. Orlandi reported Leopardo is pleased with the local participation of on-site tradesmen. He said 75 percent of the contractors belong to the Illinois Valley Contractor Association, and 25 Hall High School alumni have participated in the construction to date.

The electrical trade package and food services for Bid Package 3B has been awarded and the site utilities package is still being reviewed by the project team.

Bid Packages 4 and 5, comprising the rest of the project, are currently in the final stages of design and expected to be available for subcontractor bidding starting in the next couple weeks.

The project is currently meeting its budget, schedule and performance goals.

After a closed session, the board hired the following certified personnel to act as mentors to new employees: Teresa Colmone, Joanna McConville, Ros Pigati and Julie Anderson. The board also hired club sponsors for the upcoming school year: WYSE Club, Teresa Colmone; Pep Club, Kayleen Haslam; Spanish Club, Katie Lawrence; Science Club, Nicky Barto; National Honor Society, Kayleen Haslam; HAC, Teresa Colmone; Scholastic Bowl, Ann Maller; public relations, Teresa Colmone; photographer, Karen Klopcic; yearbook, Deb Arreguin; Student Council, Kathy Martin; Letterman’s Club, Randy Tieman and Gina Puck; senior class sponsors, Karen Klopcic and Bob Peterlin; junior class sponsors, Teresa Colmone and Ann Maller; sophomore class sponsors, Nicky Barto and Joanna McConville; and freshman class sponsors, Karen Klopcic.

Daniel Kasperski was hired as a night custodian

In other business:

• The board approved the lease of a second, 14-passenger activity bus for the cost of $6,701.

• The board authorized Struna to present the tentative FY ‘15 budget at the next board meeting. The budget then will be adopted in September.

• Struna presented four new technology policies for the upcoming year which the board unanimously approved.

The next meeting is set for 6 p.m. Aug. 21 in the library.

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