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7 School district budget projected revenues exceed expenditures o gl O Io o By Mike Lakin Superintendent Todd Hamm conducted the district budget hear- ing September 16. Projected rev- enu-es are $6,145,901 andprojected expenditures are $5,707,935. Some government funding was increased due to the percentage of low income students enrolled in the district. Before a vote to approve the budget, John Stewart commented that he thought a specific line item should be in the budget for tech- nology. He offered that by doing this it would be easier to track and trace payouts related to technology expenses. During the discussion, it was pointed out that the fund- ing for the technology would be coming from several funds and not just a line item. The board then approved the budget. Coming out of executive session, the following was announced: Bill Rucks will be the volunteer assistant basketball coach at the high school. Melanie Henson was as hired guidance counselor for the remain- der of the school year. Andy Wallace, Jonathan Har- veil, and Mary Osborne were hired as custodians for the remainder of the school year. Bethany Dooley will be the vol- unteer assistant volleyball coach. On the vote, for the preceding, the board approved the appoint- ments With Jeff Beccue and Bill Rucks voting no. On a review of the bills John Stewart had a question concern- ing the number of iPads being pur- chased and what teachers and staff would be receiving them. He also questioned the $400 purchase of three Marconi boards for Mount Pulaski Grade School. John was also concerned about the training cost of $2610 paid to the Apple Corporation. Clarifications were to be provided John, subsequent to the meeting. On the vote for approval of the bills, John Stuart voted no. Cady Lowery thanked the board for its support of the FCCLA and briefly reviewed the national FCCLA meeting. Cady is the state FCCLA president this school year. There was a discussion concern- hag aft-conditioning for Mount Pulaski Grade School. Three pro- posals were reviewed; no action was taken. The board voted to purchase a new tractor from Cross Bros. Supetendent Hamm said the school district had received the district audit. He characterized it as a "good audit" The fifll ver- sion would be available at the next meeting of the school board. There was a discussion about promoting the school district on a billboard along the highway. This would be in response to the dedin- ing student district population. An initial conversation, no action was taken. A Freedom of Information request was received from Angela Ford concerning the July and August meeting. The request was for recordings and transcripts of the meeting. Supt. Hamm said the open meeting is not recorded and therefore a request for recordings and transcripts could not be met. District did provide copies of the board minutes that are available on the district website. On the bus update, Supt. Hamm said, "We are doing the best we can". Bus drivers for the 2013-14 school year: Melissa Knapp, Lisa Windsor, Junie Wallace, Mike Gleason, George Blue, Gary Pol- lock, Jill Seibert, Duane Blaum, Ron Schaffenacker, Marty Spear, Scott Lindley, and Linda Ladson. The old tennis courts will be the staging area for construction workers to park and be bused to "the cob plant" for three weeks this year. The fencing will be removed for the expanded parking. Details axe being worked out with the The Anderson Corp. What's the solution? Placing your trust in A Real Community Bank@ solves that problem. Because only banks qualified Do You Know Who You Can Trust? It's a hard choice in today's financial marketplace. With so many banks and other financial companies trying to get your business, it's hard to know who really has your best interest at heart. to display this banking seal of approval are dedicated to hometown values and hometown commitment. As A Real Community Bank, we're committed to the community where we live and work. Committed to making all our decisions locally and remaining focused on the needs of our customers and community. Just Taking Care of Business By Mike Lakin Nothing earth shaking at the City Council meeting, but a lot was taking care of. Council approved a $300 donation to the Logan County Police Auxih'ary for their service during the fall Festival. Crosswalks were painted on Vine Street, where kids cross going to and from school. During school days at both the grade school and Zion, be sure to be observant because there will be school zone - stop for pedestrain signs placed in the middle of Vine at the school crossing areas at Jeffer- son & Vine and Cooke & Vine. The Council approved the purchase of the signs and they will be appearing shortly. The school speed zone on S. Vine St. has been extended one block south. A new sign will be placed across from the Tom & Waneta Stephens residence. There was a discussion concerning painting lines on Vine Street where it crosses the railroad tracks. Something to do with keeping motorist from getting too close to passing trains. There was also a discussion about doing something at that location to keep pedes- trians from getting too close to the trains. Some residents on the north end of town had their water and phone interrupted after Ameren acciden- tally broke a water main and cut through Frontier phone lines. During the replacement of the Washington Street railroad crossing, two city catch basins were broken. They were replaced. Replacement of the McDonald's Street railroad crossing  scheduled, but there is no evidence that the railroad will be commencing that work any time soon. Mayor Fuhrer will call and see what's up. City Treas. Jim Sutton reported city income froin September 11-24 was $46,056.48. The Council is reviewing the city appropriation ordinance for future passage. Sue Stewart asked that the Comcast franchise con- tract be reviewed for terms related to city residents. Next meeting is 6:30pro Tuesday, October 8 in City Hall. Nike patented a golf shirt that %oaches" a golfer into making the correct moves. NFL set the price of Super Bowl tickets at $2,600 for the best 9,000 seats. Come visit and tell us how we can serve you. THE FARMERS B A N K 130 S. Washington St. - Mt Pulaski 792.5211