head: School board to hold public hearing on budget | SummitDaily.com

head: School board to hold public hearing on budget

subhead: Agenda also includes elementary foreign language test results, staff reassignments and closed session for review of superintendent

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date: 6-12-02

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WHO: Summit School Board

WHAT: Regular board meeting

WHEN: 5:30 p.m., today

WHERE: Central administration office, School Road, Frisco

FRISCO – The public will have its first chance tonight to comment on the school district’s proposed budget for 2002-2003, including nearly $3 million in increased spending for teacher salaries, additional faculty and program support.

The $3 million includes approximately $1.53 million for teachers and support staff, $190,000 for more paraprofessionals and teachers, and more than $670,000 to improve or expand programs for English-learners, special and gifted education and full-day kindergartens.

Some of the costs make up for expired state or federal grants, but many of the expenses are offset by new grant money. The school district also is benefiting from extra revenues resulting from a state school funding increase and the property tax mill levy approved by voters in November.

The complete budget will be up for a second public hearing June 26 as well. The school district must approve the final budget by June 30.

Assistant Schools Superintendent Millie Hamner is scheduled to present the results of foreign language tests given to elementary students this year. The foreign language testing is done in addition to other state-mandated standardized tests, Hamner said, to give the school district feedback on curriculum and instruction.

“It helps us build consistency between the different schools, and figure out what’s working,” Hamner said.

Hamner also will present an update on professional development opportunities for teachers. The state requires teachers to stay up to date in their fields and education to maintain certification, and the school district offers pay incentives for continuing education. Coursework this summer focuses on writing, mathematics and technology. Offerings were increased thanks to grants to the school district and the mill levy increase.

In the business portion of the meeting, school board members will be asked to vote on three items related to this summer’s construction projects. The board will consider contracts for the construction of a maintenance facility, the installation of new mechanical systems throughout the district and a purchasing plan for preventative maintenance.

Votes are also slated on a recommendation to accredit Summit Cove Elementary, the school district’s application for federal funding and a revision of the district’s technology plan and standards for students. The meeting’s consent agenda includes numerous staff reassignments, typical for the end of the school year. A closed executive session also will be held for the superintendent’s regular review.

Reid Williams can be reached at (970) 668-3998 ext. 237 or rwilliams@summitdaily.com.

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