SPRING VALLEY — Superintendent Mike Struna presented the tentative budget for the 2014-15 school year to the board at the Hall High School Board meeting Wednesday evening. Struna said the budget is going to show about a $100,000 overall deficit, mostly due to the losses of $12,000 in state aid and $48,000 in local taxes.
Struna is certain that by the next reading of the budget, the deficit amount will be less. At this time the exact amount of revenue is unknown from special education, driver’s education and transportation. Struna said he and his staff will also look for other ways to cut expenditures.
“Hall High School has a revenue problem, not an expenditure problem,” Struna said. “We are actually operating now on less money than we did four years ago.”
Struna is also hoping to be able to cut the amount of money spent this year on operations and maintenance. He indicated there is no reason to spend a lot of money on repairs to the old building, since it will be torn down in 2015. The board is very pleased with the work being completed by maintenance director Mark Scheri and his staff.
Scheri has been able to save the district money by completing some essential repairs himself and not having to pay another outside company.
The tentative budget will be posted in the school office for the next 30 day,s if anyone is interested in viewing the full budget. The board will be meeting at 6 p.m. Sept. 24 and is expected to approve the budget at that time. The regular board meeting was changed from the Sept. 17 to Sept. 24 and will follow at 6:15 p.m.
Tony Orlandi of Leopardo Construction provided the board an update on the progress of the new school. Many changes have occurred during the past month due to exterior face brick work and stone work being started on several of the buildings. All walls are in place, so the footprint of the new school is in place. Orlandi was proud to announce the project is currently meeting its budget, schedule and performance goals.
Current enrollment is 390 students, which remains unchanged from last year.
In other business:
• Deb Arrequin provided an update on the 1 to 1 Technology Initiative. Currently 18 students have purchased and 14 are renting Chromebooks. Twenty-eight freshmen are bringing their own device to school.
• Struna provided an update on fall sports participation. Currently there are 59 students in football, 42 in volleyball, 19 in cross country and 15 in golf.
• There are 32 students attending the Area Career Center which is an increase of eight students from last year. Area businesses are sponsoring students. Hall High School has received a total of $15,000 to date.
The following items were decided in closed session:
• The board voted 6-0 to hire Scott Schennum as special ed aide, Heather Smith as assistant volleyball coach and Bernadette Savitch as volunteer volleyball coach.
• The board also voted 6-0 to hire Bob Peterlin as Drama Club sponsor and spring musical director and Brandon Czubachowski as spring musical music director.
* The board voted 6-0 to oppose the petition of detachment filed by Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Dever of Bureau.
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