Rockridge sells Reynolds building


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Posted Online: July 15, 2014, 10:58 am
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By Cathy Decker, edecker@mchsi.com
EDGINGTON -- The Rockridge Board of Education on Monday sold the old Reynolds school.building to Christine Cramm for $26,100.

Ms. Cramm's bid, the only one received, was $1,100 more than the minimum required for the building and grounds. The district can remove any items inside the school, as well as the playground equipment.

Classes were not held at the school last year.

The board discussed holding an auction for any excess items not needed by other schools, with no date yet set.

Reynolds resident Stan Boney, who donated the swing set about seven years ago from memorial funds raised after his daughter died, said he would like the swings to stay in Reynolds. Board president Jeff Widdop said the board would like to donate some of the playground equipment for Legion Park in Reynolds.

Superintendent Chester Lien said the elementary school in Illinois City indicated they could use some of the playground equipment.

In oher business, a tentative 2014-15 budget was discussed, with expenses expected to exceed income by about $20,000. Revenue is expected at $11,726,500, with expenses of $11,746,225.

Fiscal year 2013-14 ended in the red by $144,181, with expenses of $11,784,143 and revenue of $11,640,012. "The deficit was less than expected," said Mr. Lien.

General State Aid is also expected to decline next fiscal year. "We are estimating GSA at $1,123,500," said Mr. Lien. He said the district's equalized assessed valuation has increased and student numbers have declined, which affects the formula. In addition the state is only funding 89 percent of what the district should be receiving. "In six years time we have seen $1.4 million less ," he said.

The board also:

-- Approved purchase of new My Math textbooks for grades K-5 for $53,550.

-- Accepted Andalusia Bank's offer to provide fireworks in conjunction with their 35th anniversary after the homecoming game on Sept. 26.

-- Increased the substitute teacher pay from $90 to $95 per day.

-- Changed the number of Oda B. Shaw scholarships offered each year to four.

--Accepted resignations from Ray Leng, high school science and physics teacher; Kayla Fuhr, basketball cheerleading coach; and hired Lisa Schwartzkopf as special education teacher at the high school, Liane Freyermuth as 7th grade volleyball coach and Glen Cook as boys' golf coach.



















 



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