Moffat County School Board hears ‘fiscal health’ presentation

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At its regular monthly meeting Thursday night, the Moffat County School District Board of Education:

• Heard reports from Moffat County High School Student Council President Calden Scranton and Principal Thom Schnellinger. Schnellinger spoke on behalf of the absent Rick Schmitz, activities and athletics director, about developments including recent achievements by MCHS wrestlers and basketball teams, as well as the school’s Speech and Debate team and band attending upcoming events.

• Met with Stephanie Davis, who recently took on the position of director of the district’s Early Childhood Center after transferring from a position at Sandrock Elementary School

• Presented administrative assistant Vicki Haddan with a gift basket in recognition of her extensive work done during the board’s search for a new superintendent.

“She really went above and beyond,” board member KC Hume said.

• Approved, 7-0, minutes from meetings in January and February, a general ledger report and revenue and expenditure report for January and a check register and personnel report for February

• Heard presentations from board members about the status of each of the schools within the district, including the Alternative School, Craig Middle School, the Early Childhood Center, East Elementary School, Moffat County High School, Maybell School, Ridgeview Elementary School, Sandrock Elementary School and Sunset Elementary School. Among the noteworthy items discussed were the beginning of TCAP testing in schools, literacy events tied in with Read Across America Day on March 3, the level of achievement among students in the Alternative Program, increasing the awareness of activities in Maybell and Sandrock Principal Kamisha Siminoe’s acknowledgement as a finalist for an award from the National Association of Elementary School Principals.

• Heard a presentation about the district’s “fiscal health” from Financial Director Tinneal Gerber. The slideshow included information about MCSD’s levels of asset sufficiency, debt burden, changes in fund balance and other details the budget committee will be taking into consideration as it continues to shape the budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year.

Gerber said recent developments within the district — such as MCSD’s recent bond refinancing — and in neighboring areas — the fiscal emergency experienced by Meeker School District — inspired her to put together the presentation so board members would have a clearer picture of the district’s finances.

Gerber also discussed Colorado’s Interest Free Loan Program as a resource for school districts experiencing temporary issues with cash flow, should that become an issue in the 2014-15, 2015-16 or 2016-17 school years, adding that such a strategy would need to include a plan to replace funds.

• Approved, 7-0, second readings of policies regarding disciplinary removals from the classroom; the district mission statement; board goals and objectives; unpaid, annual and sabbatical leave; and annual leave buy back. Also, policies on the district legal status and school board authority were rescinded.

• Heard an announcement from Renae Dove, director of student services, on the progress of forming a committee for the MCSD calendar

Contact Andy Bockelman at 970-875-1793 or abockelman@CraigDailyPress.com.

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