SPRING VALLEY — Lou Guerrini presented Hall High School with an American flag and plaque from his son, Lt. Col. Lou “Diablo” Guerrini, during Wednesday night’s school board meeting.
The flag was flown by Guerrini on Jan. 24, 2018, in an F-22A Raptor with tail number 04-4099 in honor of Hall High School in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. Guerrini is in the Air Force and has been serving in Iraq and Syria.
In other business, Superintendent Jesse Brandt presented the tentative fiscal year 2019 budget.
Brandt said, “Personnel salaries and benefits are the major expense for the district.”
Brandt is expecting $200,000 in new money with the evidence based funding, which was formerly known as general state aid. The first payment for this fiscal year has already been received and was not prorated, which was a good sign, according to Brandt.
The budget hearing was scheduled for 5:45 p.m. Sept. 19, which is following a 30-day period in which the budget is available to be viewed by the public.
The board adopted a resolution authorizing an intergovernmental agreement for a school resource officer with the city of Spring Valley. Brandt said that there was an officer at the school on the first day of classes.
In other news:
• 1,800 LED lights have been purchased through a program with Ameren.
• Work has been completed this summer on the ticket booths and dugouts.
• The 2018 class gift provided a concrete patio for outside seating to the east of the front doors.
• Enrollment is up from last year. There are 468 students registered, which includes 104 freshmen, 114 sophomores, 115 juniors, and 124 seniors.
• The board adopted a resolution abating the working cash fund of the district and also adopted a resolution providing for the issue of not to exceed $1 million taxable general obligation school bonds of the district for the purpose of increasing the working cash fund, providing for the levy of taxes sufficient to pay the principal and interest on the bonds, and authorizing the sale of the bonds to the purchaser thereof.
• The employment of teacher mentor Joanna McConville for the 2018-19 school year was approved.
• Patti Lunn was approved as RTI team member and Cody Miller as National Honor Society for the 2018-19 school year.
• Kayleen Loch and Kayli Biccochi were approved as senior class advisers for the 2018-19 school year.
• The next regularly scheduled meeting will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19 after the budget hearing.