(Originally posted on the MD Times’ website on September 13, 2017)
Monroe-Gregg School District superintendent William Roberson presented his recommended 2018 budget at the school board meeting Monday night.
According to Roberson, the department of local government says they have to advertise the budget high. He said he doesn’t anticipate the tax rate, currently at $1.07, being any higher in the near future.
The budget estimate for the following funds are:
• Rainy day: $250,000
• General: $12,308,943
• Debt service: $2,283,761
• School pension debt: $145,172
• Capital projects: $1,696,711
• Transportation: $1,295,000
• Bus replacement: $426,000
The total budget estimate is at $18,405,587 for now. Roberson recommended to move the energy-savings project money from capital projects to the debt fund. He made this recommendation because in doing so, next year the school district would be paying some projects off, thereby reducing the costs for the capital funds budget in 2018 by about $299,000.
The public did not share comments on the budget proposal. The budget will officially be adopted for 2018 at the Oct. 9 meeting. To view the entire taxpayer notice regarding the Monroe-Gregg 2018 budget, go to budgetnotices.in.gov or call 888-739-9826.
Dr. Ruth Gassman, executive director of the Indiana Prevention Resource Center, reached out to Roberson about Monroe-Gregg schools participating in the 2018 Indiana Youth Survey. The annual survey’s purpose is to gather data on alcohol, tobacco and drug use. Participation in the survey is free, and it will be administered between Jan. 29 and April 6 next year.
Roberson said not every student participates in the survey and they will not know for sure if each student who participates tells the truth. He said the district will receive the results from the survey, which the board approved to participate in this year.
Roberson and the board discussed a letter sent to them from Nate Dilley, director of special education at Monroe-Gregg School District, regarding the district’s opportunity to participate with the Metropolitan School District of Martinsville in the annual Special Olympics day. It will be held at Martinsville High School on Oct. 10 and Monroe-Gregg plans to send a group of about 20 students, ranging from kindergarten to 12th grade.
Last year, some of the students took a field trip to observe the event. This year, students would like to participate and will be asking the community to donate or help with the event. The school board gave its approval for the students to participate. To find out more about the event, visit its Facebook page at Facebook.com/MartinsvilleSOTrackandFieldDay.
Roberson shared a few updates to the board with what is happening at the schools. He explained that the building trades course — a high school class that takes place at Mooresville High School — will have a groundbreaking on constructing a new locker room area. Because of the costs for the project, Roberson said he thinks it is necessary for the Monrovia High School students to partner with Mooresville High School.
Roberson updated the school board on the performing arts center as well, and said the construction is going along very well. He said that once they secure the entire building and get the roof on, they will begin to dig the auditorium out on the south side. The construction is scheduled to be finished at the end of February to beginning of March. Roberson said they have yet to decide when to hold a dedication ceremony.
The next board meeting is at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 9 at the Monroe-Gregg Administration Building, 135 S. Chestnut St.