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Waterloo School Board OKs budget

By on September 19, 2012 at 10:17 am

The Waterloo School Board on Monday night approved a district budget for the new fiscal year that is $1.9 million in the red.

Reduced state funding and late payments to school districts over the years have put many of them in a bind.

“It is an unbalanced budget, and we are cutting into the reserves,” Waterloo School Superintendent Jim Helton said. “We cannot continue in this direction too long.”

Also on Monday, the school board approved the transfer of $350,000 from the transportation fund into the educational fund. Helton said the statutes allow this transfer of funds through fiscal year 2013.

“Over the past two bid cycles, with the addition of the white activity buses, we have managed those resources well,” he said.

To date, the Waterloo School District is short on all its mandated categorical state payments, including special education and transportation, from June. Total monies reflected are more than $600,000.

In addition, Helton said, the General State Aid has been prorated this year at 89 percent, and the first couple of payments reflect this.

“The picture is not rosy,” the superintendent said bluntly.  “Even with those payments, our budget would not be balanced.  There are difficult decisions ahead.”

In other action from Monday, the school board approved the hire of custodian Nancy Buerk and para-professional Joanna Duncan, both as replacements for recent retirees.

The board also approved the extra-curricular employments of Tim Augustine (freshman girls basketball and freshman girls soccer), Mary Morris (JV girls soccer) and Brett Ivers (girls and boys tennis).

During its August meeting, the board accepted the resignations of Angela McAlister and Nancy Vogt, both special education paraprofessionals, and accepted a letter of retirement from custodian Robert Crook.

McAlister was then hired as a full-time kindergarten elementary school teacher.

The board also employed Timothy Augustine as a special education paraprofessional for the 2012-13 school year, and employed Gerald Miller as full-time custodian for the 2012-13 fiscal year.

Corey Saathoff

Corey is the editor of the Republic-Times. He has worked at the newspaper since 2004, and currently resides in Columbia. He is also the principal singer-songwriter and plays guitar in St. Louis area country-rock band The Trophy Mules.