BOE approves apprpriations

By Melanie Speicher -

SIDNEY — An appropriation resolution for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2016, was approved Monday night by the Sidney City Schools Board of Education. The annual appropriations deals with the expenses and other expenditures for the school district for the current operating year.

Treasurer Mike Watkins told the board they had approved temporary appropriations earlier in the year. The final appropriations resolution must be approved by Oct. 1 each year.

The general fund includes salaries, $17,100,000; retirement/benefits, $6,200,000; purchased services, $7,600,000; supplies, $900,000; new/replace equipment, $605,000; other objects, $500,000; and other uses, $776,500. The total in the general fund is $33,681,5000.

Special review was established at $3,167,156 and includes public school support, restricted grants in aid, termination benefit fund, music/athletic, auxiliary services, EMIS Grant, data communications, title VI-B IDEA, LEP Title III, Title I, Title VI-B ECSE IDEA, Title II-A Improving Teacher Quality and Title VI-B Rural and Low Income.

The Bond Retirement Fund appropriation is $2,750,000. The capital project fund is $415,000 and includes permanent improvement fund, $350,000, and capital projects fund, $65,000.

The food service fund was set at $1,600,000. The scholarship fund was set at $5,000. The scholarship trust funds account was set at $500. The employee benefits fund was set at $200,000, while the district agency fund was set at $75,000.

Total appropriations for all fund types was approved at $41,894,156.

Watkins also presented his second report on the 5-year forecast. He discussed purchased services for the district. The three areas of purchased services, he said are tuition expenses, utilities and miscellaneous.

Tuition expenses include opportunity school, juvenile detention Stem School, excess cost tuition John Peterson/Autism Scholarship, open enrollment and community schools.

Utilities include trash, telephone, electricity, gas and sewer/water.

“The trash expense has dropped 27 percent,” said Watkins. We had used Waste Management and we switched to Republic.”

The miscellaneous category, he said, includes all other purchased services.

The 5-year forecast will be approved later in the year.

The board approved a motion to authorize amendments to the ground lease and lease agreement for the board of education building/construction. Watkins said they still owe $675,000 on the notes for the construction of the boe building and he recommends paying $75,000 again this year. Notes will be reissued for the remainder of the debt.

A 32-foot scissor lift will be purchased by the board from Vandalia Rental at a cost of $15,000. The old lift, which wouldn’t reach the top of the gym in order to replace lights, needed more in repairs than it was worth.

The purchased service contract with the MRESC for speech therapy services was approved. The contract is for two days a week of therapy from Sept. 25 through Nov. 6 at an estimated cost of $4,017.78/

The board’s next meeting will a work session on Monday, Oct. 5, at 6 p.m. at the boe office. The board is expected to enter an executive session to discuss a policy on hiring family members of a board of education member.

By Melanie Speicher

Reach the writer at 937-538-4822; follow her on Twitter @MelSpeicherSDN. Follow the SDN on Facebook,

Reach the writer at 937-538-4822; follow her on Twitter @MelSpeicherSDN. Follow the SDN on Facebook,