South Whidbey school board will meet to ratify budget

The South Whidbey School District board will discuss and vote on the 2014-2015 school year budget, deciding upon items such as a revision to the substitute teacher policy and approval of repairs for the middle school football field.

The meeting will begin with board training on the subject of risk management at 5:45 p.m. in the community room of the South Whidbey Elementary School in Langley. The business meeting begins at 6:30 p.m.

The Sept. 1, 2014-Aug. 31, 2015 school year budget will be presented by Assistant Superintendent for Business, Dan Poolman.

Expected revenue for the school year is $15.26 million while total budgeted expenditures amount to $15.48 million with the biggest spending in employee salaries and benefits.

At the meeting, board members will discuss the ways in which they plan to handle budgeting challenges. These methods include utilizing funds from the general fund and capital projects.

Spending on certificated salaries is expected to total $6.67 million; classified salaries $2.6 million; and employee benefits $3.45 million.

Members of the public will be invited to share their thoughts or concerns on the matter during a public comment session after the budget presentation.

The board will also vote on four items listed in the consent agenda. These items include approval of the July personnel report, approval of the July payroll and warrant vouchers and approval of the Langley Middle School repair of football field drainage, a project to be completed by Albert Gabelein Construction which will amount to $19,566.

Aside from budget ratification, other new business listed on the agenda will include approval of the previously proposed revision to the substitute teacher policy. The revision will include verbiage stating that the South Whidbey School District will comply with rules of the Washington State Retirement System when hiring retired teachers as substitutes.


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