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Audit finds Carmi-White County schools in much better financial shape

Keith Botsch of Botsch and Associates CPA’s presented the annual audit. He said the district is doing better than it did in the last two audits and is in much better shape. Some tough budget cuts had to be made, but they needed to be done. The District had a total fund balance on June 30th of $4,134,138.

The Board approved the capitalization policy for fixed assets. They are required by the State to adopt a dollar figure above which the cost of an item will be depreciated. A threshold of $5,000 will be used for all land purchases.

In the Superintendent’s report, Brad Lee noted that Red Ribbon Week activities will run October 24th through the 28th in Carmi-White County schools. This year’s theme is “I elect to be drug free”.

Principal appreciation day will be this Friday. This state-endorsed occasion honors the work and commitment of principals, assistant principals and deans in schools throughout Illinois.

The gym floor at Washington Attendance Center is almost finished and should be ready for use the first of next week. A new floor had to be installed due to a water line break and is being paid for with insurance money.

The closing transaction for the sale of the Crossville School will be Wednesday. The District can still use the parking lot for pick-ups and drop-offs for bus riders.

They have received a year’s worth of revenue from the county school’s facility tax. For the first twelve months, revenue was about $622,000. The Board will be asked to pass a resolution at the November meeting abating the existing bonds by one-third, or $207,000.

Two state aid payments in the amount of $398,211 were received along with $84,150 in other payments, as well as about $2.27 million in local taxes.

FY 17 state and federal curriculum-related program applications were submitted to the state office by the June 30th deadline. These grants, totaling about $1.1 million, provide for significant student opportunities and programs in the district.

In other business, the board was presented a donation from Dennis Heil and Mike Martin of the Carmi High School Class of 1976 in the amount of $6,500 to go the High School.

The board also accepted the resignations of Joseph Jordan as a building custodian at the Junior/Senior High School effective September 30th and Jeremiah Johnson as a building custodian at the Jefferson and Lincoln schools effective October 15th as well as the retirement of Jeff King as a building custodian at Washington School effect November 16th.

And approved was $1,840 in donations to the Brownsville School.

The Board went into closed session at 7:26 p.m.  In the closed session, the Board reassigned Alyson Glaser from an Early Childhood Classroom aide to a Special Education Classroom aide at Lincoln Attendance Center and employed Robin Winters as a Special Education Individual aide at Brownsville.

Mike Zaranti was employed as the 5th Grade girls’ basketball coach, and Brad Lee and Todd Rice were approved as assistant boys’ volunteer basketball coaches.  Brandon Smith, Levi Sisco, and Jeremy Belford were approved as assistant volunteer wrestling coaches for the year.