MINUTES OF MEETING
MOORESVILLE CONSOLIDATED SCHOOL CORPORATION
August 26, 2008
A special meeting of the Board of School Trustees of the Mooresville Consolidated School Corporation was held in the Education Center Auditorium, 11 W. Carlisle Street, on Tuesday, August 26, 2008 at 6:30 p.m. The Chairman after calling the meeting to order noted the presence of the following: Mr. Ron Wright, Mrs. Bev Viles, Mr. Dave Davis and Dr. Phil Wright. The Chairman noting the presence of a quorum declared the meeting duly constituted.
Mr. Freeman led the board members and the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance.
The Chairman asked if the board members had read the minutes of August 12, 2008. Noting that all members had read the minutes the Chairman asked if there were any additions or corrections to the minutes. There being no additions or corrections to the minutes and upon motion by Mr. R. Wright and seconded by Mr. D. Davis, the minutes were approved. Motion carried 4-0.
There were no claims for this board meeting and there was also no old business to discuss.
This is the meeting that is held for the public hearing for the 2009 Budget, 2009-10-11 CPF Plan, and the 2009-2020 Bus Replacement Plan. Mr. Johnson stated that the budget has been advertised twice in the local newspapers. The board has received a budget packet. He began with the General Fund and stated that it was used to pay salaries, benefits, utilities, supplies, etc. The advertised budget for 2008 is $28,472,908.00 which is an increase of 2.91% from last year and an advertised rate of $.2387. He stated that he had previously informed the board that the state was taking the levy off the general fund and pre-school. He stated that he advertised the budget with a $.23 levy just to protect the school in case there is a shortfall in the 2008 tax collection and that if a levy is not advertised, the school corporation cannot ask for an excessive levy appeal for delinquent taxes in 2008. He stated that even though he advertised a levy, chances are slim that he would have to ask for an excessive levy appeal. He stated that most schools are going to show a levy in the general fund just to protect themselves. The advertised rate of $.23 is significantly different from last year’s advertised rate of $1.06. Mr. Johnson stated that the debt service was advertised almost identical to last year’s with a increase of .84%. This year’s advertised amount is $3,932,902.00 compared to last year’s rate of $3,899,889.00. Mr. Johnson stated that the CPF fund was advertised the same as last year. He also stated that he anticipated the state to cut the advertised CPF budget between $250,000.00 and $350,000.00. He stated that the advertised rate was high enough at $.5269 and felt that the corporation was protected not only with the budget but the rate as well.
Mr. R. Davis arrived at the meeting at this time.
Mr. Johnson stated that the Transportation Fund was advertised at $2,289,211.00 with a 7.25% increase and an advertised rate of $.2169. Bus replacement was advertised at $714,000.00 with a 1.61% increase and an advertised rate of $.1155. Pre-School and Special Ed was advertised at $276,910.00 with an 18.06% increase and there is no advertised rate on this because the state took Pre-School and Special Ed off the property tax and put it on the state side. Mr. Johnson stated that he anticipated Pre-School to be cut, but he advertised the Pre-School and Special Ed budget high because he was unsure of what future numbers would be. Again, he stated he did this to protect the corporation. He stated that if the numbers are there, the budget will stay intact, but if the numbers are not there, the budget will be cut. Mr. Johnson stated that the Severance Retirement budget was advertised at $375,840 which is a decrease from last year’s advertised rate of $377,435.00 and a -0.42% difference and an advertised rate of $.0420. The grand total for all funds combined is $40,516,896.00 compared with last years $39,428,709.00 and an increase of 2.69% with an advertised rate of $1.5355. He stated last year’s advertised rate was $2.3243 which is a decrease of $.7888. The meeting was then opened for any questions or comments from the audience. Mr. R. Wright asked if State Board of Accounts allowed the school system to advertise at a high rate. Mr. Johnson stated that if you do not advertise what the corporation needs and there is a shortfall, you cannot ask for an excessive levy appeal. There were no questions or comments from the audience and the budget will be brought to the board on September 9, 2008 for adoption.
Mr. Freeman stated that State Board of Accounts requires that the board void any checks that are still on our books after 2 years. There are currently eight outstanding checks. He stated that attempts have been made to contact these people and reissue checks. Mrs. Viles made a motion to void the outstanding checks, seconded by Mr. R. Davis. Motion carried 5-0.
Mr. Freeman presented the following personnel items:
Retirement: Warren Wood, High School - Custodian
Resignations: Amy Stierwalt, High School – 9th Grade Basketball
Jill Stanbrough, Service Center – Bus Driver
Termination: Colleen Wood, High School - Custodian
Leaves: Warren Wood, Medical before retirement
Stephanie Frye, FMLA
Other Items: Change of Employee Information Sheet
List of Contracts to be stamped
Mr. R. Davis made a motion to approve the personnel items and contracts as presented, seconded by Mr. R. Wright. Mr. D. Davis asked if there would be any discussion about lay coaches at the middle school. Mr. R. Wright stated that he had been confronted about people coaching their own kids. Mr. Freeman asked if it was an issue this year and Mr. Wright stated that it is not an issue this year. Mr. Freeman stated that lay coaches are on a one-year contract. Mr. Wright stated that he felt the board should look into the policy regarding lay coaches since it was adopted approximately 10 years ago. He stated that we have had some good coaches. Motion carried 5-0.
Mr. Lindsay thanked everyone again for the opportunity to be a part of the Mooresville school system and stated we have had an outstanding start to the school year. He stated he felt like everyone is fired up and you can tell everyone is proud of Mooresville. He especially enjoyed the Praise Service Sunday at the high school. Mr. R. Wright stated that he hoped the Praise Service would continue and that Mr. Muston spoke at the service and did a great job.
Mr. Freeman stated that he felt like this has been the smoothest start of school in history.
Dr. Wright stated that he drove to the bridge on SR 144 and that the pipe has been laid. Mr. Freeman stated that asphalt had been laid in front of Neil Armstrong today. Poindexter told Mr. Freeman that asphalt may be laid on the bridge on Thursday with a possible opening the first of next week.
Mr. Freeman reminded the board of the next school board meeting on September 9, 2008 at 6:30 p.m.
There being no further business to come before the board and upon motion by Mr. R. Wright, seconded by
Mrs. Viles, the meeting was adjourned. Motion carried 5-0.
Attest: Respectfully submitted,
President Randy Davis