Board Meeting Highlights

  • What Happened at the Board of Education Meeting Wed., June 16, 2022. What follows are highlights, not minutes, of the meeting.

    Final budget adjustments. The board approved adjustments to the 2021-22 budget including an increase in revenue of $13.6 million and an increase in total expenditures of $14 million.

    Capital projects for fund transfer. The board approved a recommendation to transfer money from the general fund to the capital projects fund to cover expenditures in the 2021-22 fiscal year from the capital projects fund.

    Medical insurance. Chief Finance Officer Pam Frazier presented a recommendation from the district’s Insurance Committee that the district pay for the full amount of the staff medical insurance increase ($21 per employee each month) in the coming fiscal year. This will make the district/employee cost share 92.2 percent/7.78 percent.

    2022-23 budget.  Ms. Frazier presented next year’s budget, which the board approved. The total budget projects a $146,257 deficit; the operating budget has a deficit of $696,320. She noted that the debt service fund remains in a strong position to service the district’s current debt and future debt, if approved by voters in August.

    Architect/engineer approval. The board approved seven firms to handle capital improvement and maintenance projects, should Proposition S pass in August.

    Asbestos abatement. The board approved contracting with Midwest Service Group for abatement work at the High School’s Little Theater.

    Federal programs. Dr. Jason Adams, assistant superintendent for learning, presented a report on the use of federal title funds in the district. The board approved the report as well as a recommendation for next year.

    Return to School Plan. Superintendent John Simpson presented revisions to the district’s Return to School Plan, covering conditions necessary for moving from “masks recommended” to “masks required.” For required masks, St. Louis County’s COVID-19 community level must be high, as determined by the Centers for Disease Control, and the seven-day positive cumulative cases in a building must exceed two percent. An additional revision applies the same protocols to the Walter Ambrose Family Center as those followed in the district’s other schools.

    Custodial salaries. Because of staffing shortages, the board approved a recommendation from Assistant Sandy Wiley Skinner to increase salaries for custodians and lead custodians to make the district competitive with other employers.

    Diversity, equity and inclusion. Dr. Shane Williamson updated the board on activities this school year as well as plans for next year.