In preparation for this year's audit, the Clay Central-Everly board chose to redo the audit for the 2010-11 school year, so that the board and any future auditors would have a correct baseline to work from in forthcoming years.
Until recently, it was widely accepted that money could be transferred between funds. Now, however, it is considered a "debt unto yourself," and must be repaid within a reasonable amount of time. In discovering the account inadequacies in 2010, the board allocated a portion of the general fund to cover the deficiency in the nutrition fund. While this is still to be determined by the state, the board may need to repay this amount back to the general fund by October.
The state auditor also listed several recommendations for future bookkeeping and fund management; the board readily complied.
"It was hard to go back, because there was a lot that wasn't thought through earlier," Bob Raymer, superintendent at CC-E, said.
In another action, the board approved the recommendation from Curt Busch, principal at CC-E junior/senior high school, to amend the requirements for Algebra 1. Now, a student in seventh, eighth, or ninth grades may move up to Algebra 1 on referral from their teacher. Students will not be behind should they choose to wait until sophomore year to take the class. Taking the class earlier simply means they have more room later in their high school career for other advanced-level math classes.
Some teachers, such as Roger Jobst, math teacher for both seventh and eighth grade, will continue to offer the Algebra Aptitude test to his students.
"By continuing to offer the test, I'll get a better idea of where to refer a student, if they're ready for Algebra 1," Jobst said.
CC-E requires its students to complete three high school math classes in order to graduate.
In other actions:
Two staff members were hired. Kelsey Muxfeldt will serve in the combined roles of business teacher and in the Gifted and Talented program, both at the high school. Lezly Boblit will serve part-time in food service.
Zach Stevens has resigned from his position as assistant football coach. CC-E is working to fill the position.
There will be a 10 cent increase on hot lunch prices at the start of the school year. The added cost will go toward the increase in the cost of food, due to the new food service requirements. The price may be adjusted further, later into the school year, based on what costs and state reimbursements are.
The City of Everly has requested that a warning siren be placed just west of the new bus barn. Scott Rinehart, school board president, expressed that "it would be in the schools best interest to have a siren in the neighborhood."
This meeting marked the final school board gathering for Raymer. In July, Dennis McLain will start his position as Superintendent. The board expressed thanks for all that Raymer had worked towards in his term at CCE.
"We really appreciate what Bob has done in getting us straightened out," Rinehart said.