Board approves transfer to special ed fund

Staff writer

The USD 408 Board of Education approved its payment of claims and all classified contracts in a year-end meeting June 30.

The board approved a budgeted transfer of $252,315 to the special education fund. The combination of funds from the general fund and supplemental general fund created an end balance of $294,000 in the special education fund.

“We want to stay ahead of special education,” Superintendent Lee Leiker said. “This really puts us ahead.”

All funds for the year except capital outlay — $404,416 for the purchase of non-renewable items and building repairs, food service, and special education —were put to zero.

“It’s just cleaning up all the funds at the end of the year,” Leiker said.

The board also discussed a math standards review class. Math standards review will be a new class at Marion High School for the 2010-11 school year. So far, five students are signed up to take the class, which will help students who have passed algebra 1A and 1B but are still posting substandard math scores on state assessment tests.

The board discussed two major concerns about the class: whether the class will be a requirement for students who meet its criteria and whether the class will count for credit?

“I’m OK with offering the class,” Keith Collett said. “I’m a little reluctant to force a kid into it.”

The board will hold off any decision on the class until the July 15 meeting when they can receive more input from MHS principal Brenda Odgers.

There was a 20-minute executive session to discuss personnel and negotiations, but no movements were made.

 

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