School budget brings levy drop
The Baldwin Board of Education approved a 2002 budget Monday that carries about a five-mill drop in taxes.
In a 5-0 vote, the school board approved the 2002 state-approved budget, which is based on the state aid of $3,870 per student. The general budget totals $6,715,611, and the supplemental general budget is at $1,475,817. The levy is set at 13.2 mills.
Supt. James White said the decrease in the mill levy is because the local option budget has decreased.
The approved budget is up slightly from the 2001 general budget of $6,576,617 and a supplemental general budget of $1,128,755.
The Baldwin School District budgeted for an increase of 15 students in enrollment for the upcoming year, which is a cause for the increase in the 2002 budget.
No questions from the public during the public budget hearing or the school board members, led to a quick motion to approve the budget.
The board also looked at facilities plans presented by Bill Woodhouse of the Frangkiser Hutchens architectural firm.
Woodhouse took likes and dislikes the board had with previous facilities plans and designed a new plan which focused on traffic routes, parking and building locations.
The latest plan met with the board's approval.
"It looks like a nice pulling together of what we talked about last time," board president Ed Schulte said.
"I like the looks of it a lot better," board member Lonnie Broers said.
The designs are for the new facilities Baldwin residents will be asked to approve in the November $7.89 million bond issue.
The bond, which would begin the first phase of a 15-year plan for facilities improvements, would build a new elementary school and provide additions and renovations to other buildings in the district.
In other business the board:
Approved a propane bid from Jem Gas Co.
Approved a district credit card policy.
Approved a milk bid from Roberts and a bread bid from Earth Grains.
Heard a presentation from BHS principal Allen Poplin and other BHS faculty about possible future graduation requirements that would focus on students working toward careers.
Heard a presentation from Baldwin City Recreation Commission Director Monte Ezell. Ezell thanked the district for its support and said he hopes to form an even stronger partnership between the commission and the district.
Approved the resignations of BJHS food service clerk Jane Kessinger and BES food service worker Wanda Whaley.
Approved the new employee positions of Brian Ash, BHS head baseball coach; Kim Callahan and Janie Heim, BJHS assistant volleyball coaches; Dale Weiden and Dennis Mills, BJHS assistant football coaches; Kimberly Riddle, part time MSES reading specialist; Lori Lederer, MSES Y.E.S. paraprofessional; Judy Wagner and Rhonda Ryan, BHS food service workers; Joyce Randel and Teresa Young, BJHS food service workers; Donna Hughes, BES food service worker; Hope White and Cynthia Glenn, bus drivers; Laverne Deay and Gene Taylor, BJHS custodians.