While discussing the audit of the 2012-2013 budget of the Eldorado Community Unit 4 School Board Thursday night at the regularly scheduled meeting of the board, Bob Donohoo of Donohoo & McCally and Associates, Woodriver said the "bleed from state funding has stopped" and the board could expect state funding to stabilize in the upcoming years.
He also informed the board that $250,000 from local taxes would be "abated" or returned to taxpayers in the coming year.
Eldorado School Superintendent and Principal of Eldorado High School Ryan Hobbs said, "Thanks largely to the leadership of Gary Siebert we don't have the building expenses of other school districts and we are able to return tax money to the taxpayers."
The auditor, Bob Donohoo also added in his report that the district's current assets total $3.7 million.
The school board budget is divided into three main categories said Donohoo: Education, Operation and Maintenance and Transportation.
In other school board business:
The board heard that the high school girls golf team had completed its practice rounds in Decatur and was very optimistic about their chances in the state competition they are participating in at Decatur.
Payment of the district's bills was approved and it was noted that it included $2,900 for novels and calculators which had been approved at a previous meeting.
Lori Quigley, leader of the Beta Club reported on the club's participation in a national event in Mobile, Ala. The club secured an eighth place nationally in the speech competition, a sixth in Songfest and placed in the top 10 nationally for speech. Club member Kale Ogelsby placed in the top 10 nationally in his campaign for national president.
Sally Kellerman, PTO president at the elementary school reported that the Steve Nelson Pavilion, which is under construction in front of the school, has cost $15,900 in funds raised solely by the PTO.
Kellerman estimated that the PTO needed $6,000 more to complete the roofed open air pavilion. She said she is not seeking funds from the school board and hoped when completed the pavilion could be used by school organizations for activities when the school gym is being used for other activities. She also noted that it could be used by Cub Scouts and Brownies and like organizations without them having to get the keys or access to the school. The pavilion can be a place for students to wait for parent pickup.
Board member Ron Bradley observed that the location, in front of the school, looked a little strange. Kellerman said she thought that landscaping and gardens would improve its appearance.
Elementary School Principal Blake Bradley reported on the spending of the Rural and Low Income Grant from the state. He said the decision to spend the $27,000 grant on technology for the school had enabled them to provide better Internet connectivity for the students on campus.
Page 2 of 2 - "For two years we have been spending the grant on technology," he said. "We have an improved mobile lab."
An easement next to Hillcrest Elementary was approved for the city's water line improvements.
Board members David Bartok and Stacy James were selected as delegate and alternate delegate to represent the board at the IASB Conference.
The three year teacher's contract was approved with Board member Keith Ogleby abstaining.