Financial planning: BV board approves 2017-18 operating budget

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

The Berryville School Board voted at its Monday meeting to approve the 2017-18 operating budget.

Superintendent Owen Powell said the budget is based on projections for the upcoming school year, with the spending and funding of the previous year being used as points of reference.

After the testing and achievement report, the board voted to approve the Parent and Family Engagement Plan as well as two requests from Bright Futures Berryville.

Mindy Hicks, district testing coordinator and coordinator of Bright Futures Berryville, said the first was for the Bright Futures Berryville Buddy Program training packet. She said board member Chad Hipps had recommended the item be brought before the board for approval because it will place volunteers in all four school buildings.

“It’s going to affect all of our schools because we will have volunteers in our schools,” Hicks said. “Schools will attach volunteer rules for their specific

buildings, and those can change as they develop the program and see what needs arise.”

The intermediate school is ready to implement it through a lunch buddy program and possibly a morning homework program, she said, and the middle school is ready to implement the lunch buddy program as well.

“So it’s kind of like a big brother or big sister program?” asked board member Kristi Howerton.

Hicks said it was.

Hipps said he believed it was important to get board approval since there will be volunteers from the community in the school buildings.

“We’re hoping to get leaders in our community involved in the program,” Hicks said.

The second Bright Futures request was to add a bonus incentive for the “Socktober” sock drive, she said, by offering the first 100 fans who enter the gates at a Berryville football game and donate either a pair of socks or a minimum of a $1 donation a coupon for $1 off at the concession stands.

“Our sponsors would just give their money to the concession stands so they’re not losing money,” Hicks said.

The board voted to approve both requests.

The board also elected new officers. David Waller and Hipps were elected to serve a second year as board president and vice president, respectively. Howerton was elected to serve as the board secretary.

Also at the meeting, the board voted to renew the Missouri State University Agreement and to approve a revised 2017-18 federal and state categorical budget.

The board’s next regular meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23, in the intermediate cafetorium.

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