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A-R approves $3.8 million budget

By Staff | Mar 26, 2008

ARMSTRONG — The Armstrong-Ringsted Community School District Board of Education Monday night approved a $3,875,424 budget.

The budget includes a $785 base increase from $24,525 to $25,310.

Revenues include $1,067,259 in property taxes, $1,280,359 in foundation aid, $171,862 in instructional support, and $816,244 in miscellaneous income. In addition to anticipated revenues, the budget includes a prior year’s unspent balance of $540,000.

The budget includes a total tax levy of $1,641,241, for a rate of $12.65112, down from the current rate of $13.31.

In presenting the budget to the board Monday night, Superintendent Randy Collins said 90 percent of expenditures were predetermined by the state.

When board president Rod Foster asked about the $540,000 unspent balance, said Collins, “That’s a real nice, solid amount.”

In other business coming before the board Monday, Tom Mart reported on asbestos abatement. The board approved the two bids totalling $96,651.

Micah Gearhart reported on the selection process for the grades 2-3 multiage classroom which will start next year. Gearhart has studied four other schools to see how the concept worked in those schools.

Gearhart said a lottery system would determine which students were in the classroom. In the future, if a student had an older sibling that had been in the multiage classroom, that student would have preference since the parents would already be familiar with the program.

Gearhart said the same curriculum will be used as presently.

Principal Matt Berninghaus said he had met with Armstrong Police Chief Craig Merrill on street signs and other issues at the Armstrong facility.

In other matters, Berninghaus noted that:

n Teachers were working on standards and benchmarks.

n He is studying the possibility of ICN classes originating from Armstrong.

n Cinderella will be presented April 4-6.

n The first track meet of the season will be in Spencer April 4.

n The sports banquet will be held March 28.

Collins said he had met with mayors in both Armstrong and Ringsted to discuss uses for a PERL levy that could be used for playground equipment and other purposes. The 13-cent levy could be slated to help with costs of the Armstrong pool during the first year. Collins said the levy would first be in effect July 1 and money would begin to come in this fall.

The board approved issuing contracts to staff. The board also approved the audit and hired D.J. Looft as assistant baseball coach.