The Carrier Mills-Stonefort School Board met in both special and regular session on Monday, June 17. The special session was to accept the school budget for 2012-2013. This late approval is caused by information on tax-based funding and state funding not being available to the board until after the yearly school budget is formulated.
"We have to look at past years revenue and make an educated guess about what we will get for the next year," stated Superintendent Richard Morgan.
After the 2012-2013 budget was accepted the board began the regular session with superintendent and principals reports. Morgan advised the board that repairs were needed on the roof of the high school building over the science room and that Vaughn Roofing had placed a bid of $490 for the job. The board took no action on this topic at this time.
The board moved on to action items beginning with formal approval of the 2012-2013 budget and the signing of required resolutions. The board approved this action. The board approved the annual prevailing wage resolution; this is the wage that is based on standard wages for various occupations set by the State of Illinois. This wage applies to any contract work, repairs, or machinery maintenance work done by outside contractors or individuals for the school district.
The board then approved the use of the grade school cafeteria for use in the summer lunch program, a state-funded program to provide free lunches for school age children.
The board approved the second installment of payment on the installation of an elevator in the high school and the change of orders plan caused by the need for a dedicated higher power electrical line to handle the electrical needs of the elevator. The decision by Morgan to simply cut a steam pipe which was interfering with installation of the elevator, and reinstall it after the elevator construction was completed saved the district some $1,500 in costs associated with the elevator project.
Following a closed session the board approved the employment of Brian Walker of Carrier Mills, as director of custodians for the district.
The board also approved Geoff Absher as eighth grade sponsor. Absher, a mathematics instructor at the grade school will supervise the junior high students when they perform their various roles in graduation ceremonies, school parties, proms and related function where the junior high students assist at school events. The board accepted the resignations of school nurse, Sue Field and district bookkeeper, Vinita Riley, effective at the end of the 2015-2016 school years.
The board approved the re-coating of the grade school parking lot by Straight Line, a Marion company, for the cost of $3,322.
The board also discussed ways to promote the dual credit and early college program, offered with SIC. This program, which allows students to take college courses while in high school, is free from the tuition costs and is an extremely valuable assistance to the high cost of putting a young person through college. Though the students are responsible for the cost of textbooks and fees related to courses, the waiver of tuition costs is of great potential benefit to all students in the district.