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Revere school board reviews budget for new school year

9/26/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Julia Kazar

During the Revere Local Schools Board of Education meeting Sept. 17, board members had the opportunity to examine and ask questions about the permanent appropriations, or budget, for the 2013-14 school year.

As explained by Treasurer Dave Forrest, the district has been operating on temporary appropriations, and it is now time to put the permanent appropriations into effect.

“The total appropriations for the school year are $43,324,000,” Forrest said.

Forrest broke down the budget in terms of where all the money will go. According to Forrest, $33.1 million is to go into the General Fund, which breaks down into faculty and staff salaries, building operations, costs for helping and supporting disadvantaged students and more.

Special revenue class will receive $1.78 million of the budget, he said. This includes things such as public school support, district activities and auxiliary services.

Roughly $1.58 million in funds will go toward paying off the bonds the board recently refunded, Forrest said.

The capital projects fund will receive $1.98 million for improvements that need to be made at the schools, he said.

Enterprise fund class will receive about $1.2 million, most of which will go toward food services, Forrest said. Employee benefits make up roughly $75,000 of the budget.

Student activities, including Student Council, drama, sports and any other activities the students participate in during the school year, will be about $15,000 of the budget, according to Forrest.

And finally, agency funds, such as health care, will cost about $3.58 million, he said.

“Once again, I would like to point out that the district is operating in the black,” Forrest said. “This is the fourth year in a row we have been able to report this, and I’m very pleased.”

Board members agreed that operating the district without increasing debt was good news for all the residents in the community.

In other business, the board:

  • approved the district’s participation in receiving state and federal funds. According to district officials, some of the most important areas these funds will go toward include: $220,000 for disadvantaged pupils attending Bath Elementary School, $50,000 to improve teaching quality and between $400 and $90,000 for special education needs in the district;
  • agreed to sell athletic passes again this year at the same price as they were sold for last year;
  • approved a memorandum of understanding with the Revere Education Association in regards to the resident educator program. According to the memorandum, in July 2009, Gov. Ted Strickland signed Ohio House Bill No. 1, which mandates a new licensure system for teachers in Ohio, including a resident educator license. As part of the plan, the Ohio Department of Education developed a resident educator program to be effective January 2011.
    This program, which takes place during the first year of teaching, accomplishes several things, including: giving teachers year-long mentoring and support, assesses the teacher’s acquisition of knowledge and skills, and provides tools to document teacher growth, according to the memorandum. The board approved certain changes that had been made in this program in regards to the Masters Agreement. Certain language was clarified, and concerns were addressed, but no major changes to the program were made, according to district officials;
  • recognized junior Rebecca Jarvis, who received a perfect score on her SAT;
  • approved a memorandum of understanding to hire up to six intervention instruction assistants for the 2013-14 school year. According to district officials, these assistants would work at all the schools in the district helping with lunch and recess supervision, as well as working with students on a more individual basis; and
  • approved an agreement for Children’s Hospital to provide audiology services to students for the 2013-14 school year.

The board will meet for a special meeting Oct. 8 at 5:30 p.m. in the Administration Building, 3496 Everett Road, and for its regular meeting Oct. 15 at 6:30 p.m. in the Revere High School Library, 3420 Everett Road.

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