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1-18 WRAM/WMOI
Monmouth-Roseville Superintendent Ed Fletcher reported the district was halfway through the fiscal year and sitting at 54.9% of projected revenue and 49% of expenditures, they are fiscally on the positive side of the equaiton. He added the state is up to date on state payments, but with the budgetary situation in Springfield he did not expect that to continue to be the case. Looking ahead to next year, Fletcher said Gov. Quinn is looking at $400 million more in cuts to education, topping this year's reduction of $267 million which equated to about a $500K loss to the district. He said the M-R district is looking at between a 5-10% cut that could approach up to $1 million if those numbers from the governor hold up. The district has been trying to minimize the impact on students, but eventually the cuts add up.
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The full interview with the Monmouth-Roseville Superintendent can be heard in the podcast section at 1330wram.com
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1-18 WRAM/WMOI
Monmouth-Roseville Superintendent Ed Fletcher said averting the fiscal cliff might prove to cost the district about $35K when the next round of federal budget negoiations take place in March.
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Flether also noted the state legislature did not address the pension reform issue in the lame duck session, however it was the first bill introduced earlier this month with the new General Assembly. Fletcher explained some of the proposals on the table
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Fletcher said everyone should pay attention to the issue
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The full interview with the Monmouth-Roseville Superintendent can be heard in the podcast section at 1330wram.com
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1-18 WRAM/WMOI
There are four seats on the Monmouth-Roseville School Board to be contested in the upcoming election. Superintendent Ed Fletcher said they have two petitions, and any seats without candidates would remain open until the next election. He added write-in candidates can still run, but they should contact the County Clerk soon to be able to do so. The full interview with the Monmouth-Roseville Superintendent can be heard in the podcast section at 1330wram.com
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1-18 WRAM/WMOI
Monmouth-Roseville Superintendent Ed Fletcher said the Dec. 20 blizzard caught the district a little off guard, but the staff responded to the challenge.
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The full interview with the Monmouth-Roseville Superintendent can be heard in the podcast section at 1330wram.com
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1-18 WRAM/WMOI
Monmouth-Roseville Superintendent Ed Fletcher said new Ag Room/Weight Room is nearing completion and looks great on the inside. He said they are hoping to have school officals tour the facility in the coming days and complete an occupancy permit. The district is planning an open house for Feb 16 which "will be a great way to kick off FFA week." He said the community came together to make it all possible.
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The full interview with the Monmouth-Roseville Superintendent can be heard in the podcast section at 1330wram.com

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1-18 WRAM/WMOI

Ralph Grimm, Superintendent of West Central Schools, reported at the district school board meeting that the  district has received 59% of budgeted revenue and spent just  47.03% of projected expenditures thorugh the first half of the fiscal year. The bad news is the district is $341,000 behind in state payments.  In a proactive move, the board approved a resolution declaring the intention to sell working cash fund bonds. Grimm said it was a good insurance policy for the next 3 years of projected state budgetary cuts and uncertainty.

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He reiterated the district has no intent of issuing the bonds, but wanted to take advantage of the 3-year window as the state considers more cuts. The full interview with the West Central Superintendent can be heard in the podcast section at 1330wram.com

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1-18 WRAM/WMOI
The West Central School District is facing a deficit projected to be over $1 million and are addressing the challenge with a deficit reduction committee consisting of Superintendent Ralph Grimm and two board members. They presented a preliminary report to this month's full school board meeting, advocating a 3-pronged approach. Grimm explains:

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Detials will be presented a detailed plan in February. Grimm added his projection of continued decreases in enrollment might continue, which will have rippling effects through the budget.

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The full interview with the West Central Superintendent can be heard in the podcast section at 1330wram.com


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1-18 WRAM/WMOI

With school safety a hot-button topic nationally, the West Central Building and Grounds committee of the school board and the district architect reviewed a proposal to change the door locks throughout the district, allowing doors to be closed from the inside.

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Due to the high cost, the proposal was moved to be considered in the 10-Year Life-Safety Survey currently under review by the architect. In other district news the board approved a memorandum of understanding with the teacher's associaiton that includes significant savings to both the district and association members while maintaining benefit coverage levels.

The full interview with the West Central Superintendent  can be heard in the podcast section at 1330wram.com
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1-18 WRAM/WMOI
West Central District Superintendent Ralph Grimm said his district is addressing a projected deficit for this year of $1,150,000 and they are targeting a similar amount for next year. The district has a deficit reduction committee consisting of Grimm and two board members looking at opitions, and they are advocating a 3-pronged approach. One bit of good news, is expenditures are at 3 % below projections for the first half of the current fiscal year. Grimm explains the potential positive impact if they can maintain that percentage.

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Grimm said the projections are a bit of a moving target and he feels comfortable about where the district is in terms of responding to the deficit budget. The full interview with the West Central Superintendent can be heard in the podcast section at 1330wram.com
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1-18 WRAM/WMOI
A recommendation to move the West Central early childhood program to Biggsville from Media to save money was tabled at the district school board meeting. The board decided to table action on a report on the subject until the February meeting. Superintendent Ralph Grimm said the staff likes the facility in Media because they have the building to themselves amongst other positive aspects of the location. Grimm said administration is not looking at closing the program as has been suggessted, but. he added the potential savings could be as much as $100k if the program were moved to the north campus. The full interview with the West Central Superintendent can be heard in the podcast section at 1330wram.com

 

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