Wellsville BOE approves finances

WELLSVILLE — The Wellsville Board of Education reviewed and approved its planned expenditures for this school year during Monday’s meeting.

The board approved the district’s revised annual appropriations for the fiscal school year 2017-18, which totaled $12,272,298.65, covering the current expenses and other expenditures in 16 different funds for the fiscal year to end June 30, 2018.

Nearly $10 million of the appropriations was reserved for the General Fund, to which the district appropriated $9,977,945 for that fund for this year.

Other funds and their respective appropriations included the Bond Retirement fund at $130,900; Permanent Improvement ($280,700); Food Service ($492,445); Endowment ($3,600); Adult Education ($2,741); Public School Support ($15,000); Classroom Facilities Maintenance ($170,850); Student Managed Activity ($189,700); District Managed Activity ($116,000); Public School Preschool ($104,000); Data Communication ($5,400); IDEA-B ($249,181.94); Title I ($468,710.63); Title II-A ($45,294.53); and Miscellaneous Federal Grants ($20,500.55).

Meanwhile, all students in the school district will soon be able to enjoy free breakfast and lunch as the board approved a motion to authorize the treasurer to file the necessary paperwork to provide free lunch districtwide through the Community Eligibility Provisions (CEP) program through the state.

The vote was taken following discussions during the Aug. 28 board meeting, brought up by board member Gary Althiser, who said he had received questions from parents as to why free lunches weren’t available for all students and if this could be a possibility. The district has also offered free breakfasts for students and will continue to do so.

Also related to this year’s school’s finances, the board approved the tuition rates for this year, to which the in-state tuition rate would be $1,372.84, while the out-of-state rate would be $11,823.36.

In addition, the board approved an agreement with the Auditor of State for the FY 2016-17 audit, which will cost the district an estimated $20,500.

In other business:

— Two agreements with two different county educational services were approved by the board. The first was a consultative services agreement with the Jefferson County Educational Service Center (JCESC), to which the JCESC will provide services for visually impaired students on an as-needed basis for the school year. The other was with the Columbiana County Educational Service Center regarding a business advisory council agreement.

— The board also approved a purchased services agreement with the Wellsville Police Department for this school year, to which the district will employ a resource officer for the district. The pay rate will be at the police department’s per diem rate, which according to Superintendent Richard Bereschik runs for $240 daily.

— In personnel matters, the board approved one-year contracts for short-hour paraprofessionals Erin Woolley and Kim Little. Woolley’s contract went into effect Sept. 11, while Little’s started Sept. 12. The board also approved the hiring of Sarah Hall, RN, who will serve as a substitute nurse for this year. In addition, the board approved the assignment of Tim Sarge Jr. as a wrestling coach, who will serve on an unpaid volunteer basis.

— Two field trips were approved by the board. The first was for the seventh grade Language Arts students to visit the Byham Theater in Pittsburgh along with a dinner at Golden Corral Dec. 14, while the other was a three-day trip for the high school music department to visit New York City and Boston March 8-10, 2018.

— The board went into executive session at the conclusion of the meeting to discuss the consideration of employment of a public employee or official, to which no action was taken.

The next board meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Daw Elementary conference room.