G-R Happenings By: Supt. Tim Kuehl
October 4, 2012
Voted Physical Plant and Equipment Levy: Thank you! The vote on extending the $0.67/$1000 valuation passed with a 90% yes vote on September 11, 157 yes votes, to 16 no votes. These funds will be accessible to the district beginning in fiscal year 2015 and be in effect for ten years. They will help to ensure that our facilities are well maintained and that our students have quality resources available to them. Possible Sharing of Soccer: At the September 20 School Board meeting the possibility of sharing boys’ soccer was discussed. It is anticipated that G-R will have 15 boys participating in soccer this spring. Mr. Charley, activities director, and Mr. Dinsdale, boys’ soccer coach, spoke to the Board about the difficulties such low numbers create. Practicing becomes difficult, scheduling has increased challenges, and injuries and ineligibility make not having enough players to compete a real concern. Discussion centered on the possibility of having Aplington-Parkersburg and Grundy Center students participate in the G-R Rebel boys’ soccer program. Mr. Charley said that it’s anticipated A-P would send 7-9 players and Grundy Center 2-3 players. That would give the program enough players to effectively practice and play a junior varsity schedule. If approved, a sharing agreement is reassessed each year and can be dropped in the event that G-R soccer numbers increase. If you have questions or concerns please contact Mr. Charley, or me. Finances: The fiscal year 2012 books are closed. The following figures are for the General Fund, which is what’s used to pay people, and the day-to-day operating expenses of the district. FY 09 Expenditures- $6,330,098 Unspent Balance- $500,825 FY 10 Expenditures- $6,115,217 Unspent Balance- $906,267 FY 11 Expenditures- $6,225,769 Unspent Balance- $1,308,206 FY 12 Expenditures- $6,218,349 Unspent Balance- $1,343,689 FY 13 (Projected) Expenditures- $6,404,899 Unspent Balance -$1,065,612 When projecting out into the future, using a 3% annual increase in expenditure, our Unspent Balance stabilizes at approximately $600,000. This puts the district in a very solid financial situation. We anticipate that our enrollment will be down 15-20 students when we record our Certified Enrollment in October. However, we anticipate our enrollment staying relatively stable into the future. The district will need to continue to spend conservatively and keep a close eye on our Unspent Balance. But, the Board has made decisions that have G-R in a strong financial position with a bright future. Sincerely, Tim Kuehl, Superintendent.
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