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Waynoka BOE hears updates on bond projects

 

October 3, 2018



Administrators of Waynoka Public Schools met this past Monday night for their regularly scheduled meeting. All members were present except for Board Clerk Rick George.

The meeting kicked off by reviewing the consent agenda. The consent agenda includes items such as various fund reports, fund encumbrances and change orders.

Superintendent Scott Cline was next up to give his report once members signed off with approval on the consent agenda. In looking at the school district’s finances, Cline said so far this year expenditures are up about $49,000 more than last year, but the majority of that was due to personnel wage increases.

In revenues, the superintendent said they are on pace with last year’s numbers. Child nutrition expenditures are up a little from last year due to the change in the breakfast program. Building fund expenditures are down about $20,000 on the year the superintendent said, but some costs have been moved to the general fund.

Valuation numbers came in at $89,662,675 -- over $1 million down from the original projection. Cline said the decrease was due to Woods County imposing a TIF on the school district.

The good news he said was that when they sold their bond, they sold it at a 19.7 percent increase, equating to 14.3 mils. The superintendent concluded his report (Junior High/High School Principal Dustin Smith was not present, but submitted his remarks by paper to the board) before giving the floor to scheduled guest Kris Richardson. The board of education listened to updates from Richardson on behalf of Joe D. Hall Construction LLC on bond project progression. At the current time, plans are updated Richardson said, but the biggest obstacle is the budget. So far, numerous meetings have taken place, and at least two or three budgets have been made.

An upcoming meeting with the architect will allow them to once again go back through the budget. The biggest piece of the puzzle is the heating and air system Richardson said, admitting that it’s not fully designed at this time. The roof is also a major player in the budget, as steel costs have risen 35 percent. Sheetrock prices have shot up 25 percent too.

Richardson told members that the architect stated his intentions on getting the actual plans to them by the end of this month, and if that holds true, bids can be taken before Thanksgiving. Lastly, Richardson said that the dirt work is going well and gave his praises to the county.

Fundraiser requests for the 2018-2019 school year (for the junior class and athletics) were approved along with the annual election resolution for the 2018-2019 school year. Due to changes in the law, the election date is dependent upon how many candidates there are. There are two dates, Cline said – Feb. 12 and April 2. If three or more candidates file, Feb. 12 will be the election date. If none of those three candidates receive 50 percent or better, the top two will have a run-off on April 2. If there are only two candidates, the election will be held on April 2.

Lastly, the group voted on approval for the 2018-2019 Extra Duty Schedule. The meeting adjourned after determining there was no new business.

 

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