ES board approves budget for 2020-21

Friday, February 15, 2019

By Kelby Newcomb

The Eureka Springs School Board voted Monday to approve the budget for the 2020-21 school year and related election documents.

Superintendent Bryan Pruitt said the May election will have two school board positions on the ballot, and the millage rate will remain at 36.13 mills.

The board voted to approve the 2019-20 School Calendar.

“One noticeable difference is that spring break will be the fourth week of March instead of the third,” Pruitt said, “because spring break has to be the 38th week of the fiscal year. They start counting in July, so our spring break will be a week later than this year.”

The board voted to approve a correction to the stipend salary schedule for 2018-19.

“Last year when we approved it, one was inadvertently left off at the very bottom,” Pruitt said. “We left off where it’s supposed to say ‘yearbook high school-$600.’ It doesn’t change the total amount. It’s still $45,200 for the stipend salary schedule. We need to correct that.”

The board also voted to renew its financial agreement with First Security Beardsley, approving a new three-year contract.

“We use Beardsley and hire them to take care of anything we do financially,” Pruitt said. “We’ve been with them ever since I’ve been here. They’re good professionals, and I have no problem recommending our district stay with Beardsley.”

The board later voted to accept the resignations of cafeteria worker Lisa Knight and high school math teacher Nancy Stainer.

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