Manila School Board approves budget

Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Anita Cole, new school board member, is welcomed at the Manila School Board.

Members of the Manila School Board welcomed new member Anita Cole at the special called meeting held Thursday, Sept. 26.

Ms. Cole was elected to fill the remainder of Position 4, formerly held Tony Crowell. Crowell resigned his position on the board and accepted a position as dean of students at the Manila High School.

During the short meeting, the board voted to accept the ACSIP and Special Education agreement. Superintendent Pam Castor said, "We do this each year agreeing that we will abide by all of the state and federal laws."

The board reviewed the 2013-2014 budget proposal presented by Ms. Castor.

"We will have to see how it will look into the year," Castor said. "We have a construction project underway. We also have an additional amount in teacher insurance over last year and we are not sure how much more may fall back on the district. We are looking at additional salary and benefits this year. I have tried to budget for the worst scenario."

"In your mind will this budget cover the worst scenario," Board member Tommy Wagner asked.

Mrs. Castor said she is confident in the budget.

The board voted unanimously to approve the budget as presented.

The board discussed additional sidewalks for the construction project at the concession/football field area. Mrs. Castor recommended the board bid the project separately from adding it on to the present construction job.

President Danny Robbins asked the board for a time for an educational meeting to discuss and explore the options for a millage increase. Board members agreed to meet at 6:30 Monday, Sept. 30.

A proposed millage increase for a new high school failed at the polls at the September School Board Election.

The board members commented on the outstanding attendance of the fall festival which was held Thursday evening.

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