Budget deficit projected at Rockridge

Posted Online: Aug. 12, 2014, 8:28 pm
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By Cathy Decker, edecker@mchsi.com
EDGINGTON -- Rockridge School Superintendent Chester Lien told the school board Monday it appears the in-the-making budget for next year will have a slight deficit, with $21,135,750 in income and $21,180,225 in expenses.

He said the numbers are inflated because the district is selling $9.4 million in 10-year health-life-safety bonds, said Mr. Lien. "Operating expenses for the district are just under $12 million." he said.

He talked about transferring money from the working cash fund to help pay the bills in April or May next year. "Working cash is kind of a rainy day fund," he said.

Annual income for the fund is about $100,000, with its current balance about $700,000.

"We've often said we do not want to dip below $500,000 (in working cash)," said board president Jim Widdop.

On a different topic, the superintendent said there were no plans for purchasing new buses this year though he said, "Next year we'll need four new buses."

The board learned a contract had not yet been signed for the sale of the Reynolds school. "Both attorneys decided to go on vacation at the same time," said Mr. Lien. Kilkoin Auction Service will hold an auction of surplus items at the school on Aug. 28, starting at 5:30 p.m. Items including desks, chairs, kitchen and office equipment will be sold.

The board agreed to grant a request made by Stan Boney last month for returning a swing he donated in memory of his daughter. Mr. Boney plans to have the swing installed at Legion Park in Reynolds.

In other business the board:

• Approved raises of 1.3 percent for non-certified personnel, and raises totaling $4,243 to be divided among the district's four principals and one assistant principal;

• Learned numbers for pre-school enrollment are lower than expected, with the district offering morning preschool classes at Illinois City Elementary.

• Approved hiring Tri-City Electric, of Davenport, for $3,187 to upgrade wiring for a computer lab at Andalusia Elementary;

• Heard from three fourth grade teachers at Andalusia Elementary concerned with the high number of students and diversity of their abilities. Teachers say the old pre-kindergarten classrooms being used by the fourth grade are cramped and they expect more than 30 students per classroom.

• Accepted resignations from Sean McCollum, high school business education teacher and Carol Pressly, high school English teacher, and hired Cassey Attebery as business education teacher. Also hired were Thomas Thompson, part-time high school science teacher, Carol Parchert, half-time Title I at Illinois City Elementary.

• Approved hiring coaches and sponsors including Tom Finch, assistant high school wrestling; Ellen Beguelin, high school scholastic bowl; Angie DeKeyrel, WYSE; Rick Fetterer, eighth grade football; and assistant coaches for football, Tom Hasson, Jeff Henry, Toby Whiteman and Lucas Smith, volleyball, Jacqy Peterson, and cross country, Mary Strachan.


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1889 -- 125 years ago: Superintendent Schnitger formally inaugurated the Rock Island and Davenport Railway Line of the Holmes system by putting on four cars to start.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Wires of the defunct Union Electric Co. are being removed by city electricians.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The Bishop Hill softball team won the championship in WHB"S Mississippi Valley tournament at Douglas Park.
1964 -- 50 years ago: A boom in apartment construction has hit Rock Island, with approximately 300 units either in or near the construction stage or due for an early rezoning decision.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Members of the Bi-State Metropolitan Planning Commission are hoping to revive their push for a new $70 million four-lane bridge spanning the Mississippi River.

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