The Hutsonville Unit 1 Board of Education heard reports on summer maintenance and approved a number of items in anticipation of the first day of school during Monday night's meeting.
Thanks to an unexpected, but very welcome transportation fund payment and new money from the state, the district closed out the year around $167,000 to the good. Superintendent Julie Kraemer said she expected to break even, but the extra transportation payment and $83,000 in new money from the state put them over.
As she prepares the budget for FY2019, Kraemer said she is looking at the purchase of new used bus to get them back in the rotation cycle and informed the board of special education expenses that will have an effect on the budget.
The custodians are working in teams cleaning and doing floors and maintenance. New equipment is making the process go much faster. Work on shoring up the foundation and drainage is ongoing, but is moving very quickly, and is expected to be very successful.
Kraemer congratulated the faculty and staff on a job well done for their recognition and Bronze Ranking in the 2018 Best High School Rankings from the US News and World Report.
Registrations will all be online this year. It opened on Monday and will run through Aug. 3.
There is also time set aside on July 30 and 31, from noon to 7 p.m., for new students to come in and register, and for those who need access to a computer or assistance in the high school office. Parents can log in and make changes to directory information in Lumen and documents are located on the website.
The opening day institute will be Wednesday, Aug. 15. The faculty/staff picnic will be that evening at 6 p.m.
The first day for students will be a 2 p.m. dismissal, Friday, Aug. 17, the first full day is set for Monday, Aug. 20 and fall open house is set for Sept. 17, from 5:30 to 7 p.m
New student/freshmen orientation will be Aug. 13 from 7:30 to 8 in the commons with their Chromebook distribution to follow, and 10-12th grade Chromebook distribution is from 7:30-8:30 Aug. 14. High school students will also be required to have new uniform for Physical Education classes. The uniforms will available through the school.
In regular business, the board accepted bids for tires from Best One Tire Service, Robinson; milk and dairy products from Prairie Farms; and bread from Aunt Millie's Bakery.
In personnel matters, Max Reed was hired as a long-term substitute for science classes. Julia Rodgers was hired pending provisional approval. Dennis Schwartz was hired as a substitute bus driver.
As part of the CCPI grant program, Susan Kaufman, Samantha Lopez, Kristi Maxwell, Tasha Eller, Brittany Hill, Tara Turner and Shelly Hatfield were hired as staff.
The board also accept Sara Holmes resignation as junior high volleyball coach.
The next scheduled meeting will be Monday, Aug. 20, and the September meeting has been moved to Monday, Sept. 24, to allow for the 30 day layover of the budget.