The GCMS School Board approved the 2016 Fiscal Year District Budget for 13 million Dollars at last evening's Meeting. Superintendent Galindo projected a $1,337,568.00deficit. General State aid is projected to be $2,162,012.00, a loss of $71,325.00 from Fiscal Year 2015. Extra expenditures for the 2016 School year include transportation costs tied to the Parkland College Program that was added to the District, the redone parking lot at the Middle School, new fencing at the H.S., Salary and stipends increase, health insurance and property insurance premium increases, and adding a 5th Grade Teacher. The full budget can be reviewed at the Unit Office or on the School website.
The first reading of the policies was approved along with the 2015/16 recognition of schools application for all of the Districts Schools. The Board approved the change of date for the Board meeting from October 22 to the 29th. Also approved was Malory Hughes application for the Provisional Technological Education License.
The Board accepted the resignation of Isaiah Butts as the Assistant Wrestling Coach effective immediately with Thanks for his service. The board approved the employment of Tyler Brucker as H.S. volunteer Wrestling Coach. In other action the Board approved the updated teacher and alternate evaluation tools for the Media Specialists, School Counselors and Social Workers.
Two items that were discussed in length were the School Back Pack Program and the purchase of a maintenance
truck. The maintenance truck purchase vote was tabled until more information and clarification on maintenance and warranty information could be obtained. Three bids were received for the truck.
The School Back Pack Program was discussed and the Board approved the program to move forward. Mrs. McFerran, gave the Board more information and ideas for the Back Pack Program, to be overseen by the
local Food Pantry. Board President Josh Johnson spoke to the Board about the need for this program and that an anonymous donor has generously
offered to provide financial support. Students in need will receive a back pack filled with food products to help with their nutritional needs on non school days.
Erin Nuss, the Districts Curriculum Director gave the Board the updated Math Curriculum Guides to review. The Board tabled the vote until a future board meeting.