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Board of education finalizes budget

The Haakon District 27-1 Board of Education has approved the 2011-2012 budget.

Revenues coming in for the general fund should total $1,936,337, while the general fund expenditures are predicted to be $2,101,482. The difference will come out of the district's reserve funds, which currently are at $700,000.

The capital outlay revenue should be $396,889, with projected expenditures of $474,697. Special education revenue should be $329,629, with expenditures of $337,508. Incoming funds for pensions should be $75,401, with expenditures of $71,077. Food services are balanced at $84,254.

The board gave its official approval of the contract for Tony Reder to be the junior high football coach.

Two more students have been put on the open enrollment list.

Action by the board is no longer required, just it being notified, concerning homeschool requests. Families of five students have applied and been granted homeschooling status.

The board approved the sites for the Internship program. There are 17 high school students in the Internship program this semester.

In his high school principal's report, Jeff Rieckman, said that the school year is off to a good start. Homecoming Week went well. The first quarter grade check was September 19, and parent teacher conferences were the 20th and 21st.

During parent/teacher conferences, a child identification program was sponsored by the Philip Masons, in which fingerprints, a video tape, voice print, DNA sample and other identifying information was gathered to be kept by the parents. Currently nationwide, the largest group of individuals taking advantage of this free identification package are teenage girls.

In his superintendent's report, Keven Morehart said that release time has begun. Approximately 10 elementary students stay at the school for a recess and then study hall. The regional superintendents' conference meeting in Rapid City included discussions on a one cent sales tax that will be on the ballot in 2012. A percentage of this tax is supposed to go to schools.

Morehart and Ray Smith, representing the geo-thermal group, are drawing up a five-year contract. Upon mutual approval, the group's payment for use of the hot water from the school district's geo-thermal well will be raised from $6,500 to $8,500 annually.

The next scheduled meeting for the board of education will be at 7:00 p.m., Monday, October 17, in Room A-1 of the Philip High School.