USD 410 Board of Education reviewed the proposed budget for the 2017-18 school year at its regular meeting Aug. 14.
The published amount totals $11.25 million with a estimated tax rate of 61.79 mills.
“It’s pretty much like last year’s,” said Superintendent Max Heinrichs about the 2017 fiscal year budget, which had a tax rate of 61.769 mills.
The board will hold a special budget-hearing meeting at 7 p.m. Aug. 28 at the district’s central office.
Robert Rempel, activities director and assistant principal for Hillsboro Middle/ High School, told the board that $13,500 worth of rubber has been added to the field at Joel H. Wiens Stadium, co-owned and maintained by USD 410 and Tabor College.
“The rubber breaks down (on the turf),” Rempel said.
The turf, warranted for eight years, is in its ninth year of use and probably will be replaced for the 2018 season, he said, adding that once the turf is replaced, it will be covered by a new warranty.
Board member Rod Koons said he assumes use of lights at the field is one of the ongoing expenses shared by the two schools.
He questioned whether the cost of light usage is equitable, considering evening use by sports teams from USD 410 and Tabor.
“I think if we would bean count it, it would be an off-centered number,” Koons said, adding that he request that issue to be visited.
Heinrich reported teachers are preparing for the Aug. 21 solar eclipse viewing.
“We did purchase eclipse glasses for the entire district,” he said.
At the meeting, Heinrichs presented plaques and thanked three former employees for their service to USD 410: Lee Albrecht for 55 years, Doug Dick for 12 years and Lisa Mayfield for 11 years.
In other business, the board:
• approved the transfer of $2,490 from the supplemental general fund to the food service fund because of low-paid student meal prices.
“It’s a new motion to go through,” Heinrichs said. “By putting our price where we did, we’re going to make up for the nickels we didn’t add (to the meal price).”
• approved an unpaid internship with HHS football for Oree Johnson, a Tabor College student. Rempel said the student needs to earn credit for his major.
“I do think it’s a great opportunity for the student and good for us,” Heinrichs said about the internship.
• met in executive session for personnel prior to approving supplemental contracts for Dustin Dalke as Professional Development Committee chair and Heather Corby as mentor teacher at Hillsboro Elementary School.
Heinrichs said the district still has several supplemental openings, including wrestling assistants for HMHS and a chess club coach.
Board member Kim Klein attended the meeting via phone; board member Jim Paulus was absent.