2010-06-21 / Peck Press

Yale schools approve deficit budget of $692,000

BY CATHY BARRINGER contributing writer

YALE — The board of education adopted a deficit budget for next school year during its meeting June 10.

Yale schools Superintendent Frank Johnson said a deficit budget of $692,000 in the red was approved.

“We’re hoping it won’t be that much, because we try to err on the side of caution,” said Johnson, noting that most school districts are recommended to have a 10 percent fund balance. “We’ll still have 12 percent fund balance. This year we’re anticipating ending around a 16 percent fund balance.”

In another matter, the board ratified a two-year contract with the Yale Secretarial Association for 2010- 2012. The nine members agreed to work five less days next year and agreed to take insurance that will help the district save money.

In other business:

• The board agreed to pay Johnson for unused vacation and sick time upon his retirement on July 31. The district is “working diligently” toward finding a new superintendent.

• The board heard that teacher Jim Owens was selected for the Champion for Children Award-Junior High Staff for Region 5 by the Michigan Association of School Administrators. “He won it, because he helped bring our special education back from Capac,” Johnson said. “He’s done a lot of the transition back to Yale.”

• Board members approved the retirements of principals Nancy LePla from Avoca Elementary and Suzanne Guttowsky from Yale Elementary. They also okayed the 2010-2012 Thumb Educational Services Contract with the two elementary principals for contract work that will save the district $40,000.

• The board accepted the resignation of bus driver Albert Verbeke.

• Board members called back two teachers, Jessica Nickell for sixth grade and Kristie Cramton for eighth grade.

• BRYK contracts were renewed for 2010- 11 with Title I teacher Rose Falter, junior high administrative assistant Robert Keefe, and athletic workers.

• The 2010-11 PCMI contract for substitute teachers was renewed.

• The food service contract with Chartwells was renewed for next school year.

• The board approved the 2010-11 resolution to participate in the Michigan High School Athletic Association.

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