Board approves preliminary budget

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The Board of Education approved the 2017-18 preliminary budget at its regular meeting on Monday, July 10.

This budget will be presented at the annual meeting in September.

Based on assumptions previously approved by the Board, the resulting mill would would be $10.61 per $1,000 of property value, which would be 2 cents less than the rate for 2016-17. The final state budget, Third Friday September enrollment count, aid certification and the District's October property valuation will all impact the final budget to be adopted in October.

In other news from the July 10 meeting:

* The Board approved the District Academic Standards for the 2017-18 school year.  The standards are for content areas that are expressly identified in section 118.30 (1g)(a)1 of the state statutes. Links to each of the standards are available on the District website's Academic Standards Notice page.

* The Board approved a resolution for a long-term capital improvement trust fund. By establishing a long-term capital improvement plan of at least 10 years, a district may use the funds for the purposes identified in the plan after five years. The trust will enable districts to set aside funds for long-term capital improvements such as tennis court resurfacing or new turf at a football field.

* The Board approved the intergovernmental agreement with the City of Middleton for school resource officer services at Kromrey and MHS-CSCS for the 2017-18 school year.

* The Board approved Richard Hemming as the District's independent hearing officer for student expulsion hearing. Hemming has worked with the District for more than 10 years in the role.

* The Board approved the parochial school boundaries for the 2017-18 school year. There were no changes to the boundaries by the Catholic Diocese. The boundaries must be approved annually.

* The Board approved Anne Bauer, Paul Kinne and Todd Smith as members of the legislative committee. Bauer was also elected as committee chair.

* The Board approved the student athletic fees for the 2017-18 school year. Administration recommended that fees remain the same as the prior year in part due to the lack of a state budget and the financial implications of changing the fees. A committee will take a closer look at the fees during the upcoming school year.

* The Board also decided to move future agenda setting meetings to the same night as finance committee meetings each month.

Meanwhile, Superintendent George Mavroulis said the District will be hosting a sustainability leadership summit at Kromrey on July 13 and 14. Business Services director Lori Ames said administrators, teachers, students and District families all plan to attend. Only 10 school districts and 10 schools were asked to participate, she said.

"We have this incredible mix of people,'' Ames said. "We are very excited and can't wait for everything to start.''

A presentation on the summit will be part of the Board meeting on Aug. 28, Mavroulis said.

Mavroulis, principal Steve Soeteber and staff member Brian Miles will head to Washington, D.C. next week to receive the Green Ribbon Award for Kromrey. Mavroulis reminded the Board that MCPASD is the only district in the country to have received multiple school awards and a District award.

MHS officials met with Summit Credit Union and adjusted the construction timeline. The concession stand construction will occur over the summer, with the credit union construction likely starting in September and the grand opening taking place in mid-to-late October.

He also displayed the dedication sign when Parkside Heights, which was later renamed Kromrey, opened in 1962 and said efforts are being made to have the sign installed at Kromrey.