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October 22, 2017

5/10/2017 8:32:00 AM
School board OKs budget additions

The Windom school board approved six additions to the budget during its regular monthly meeting, adding about $181,000 to the budget for the 2017-18 school year.

These were items the board discussed at length during last month's work session.

Not in that total is a temporary classroom building that would be built this summer at the north end of Winfair Elementary. The cost of that building is about $220,000.

While the board did not approve or reject adding that building to the budget, it did take an initial step in that direction. The board approved a resolution to join BuyBoard Cooperative Purchasing, which allows the district to join the national purchasing group and use its pre-approved bid process with Satellite Shelters to prepare for purchasing the building, if and when it is approved by the board.

The six budget additions include:

•  The addition of a 10-month secretary.

•  Overloads, a new medical careers class and a new grow lab in the ag shop.

•  Reducing activity fees for students in grades 10-12 to $10 per activity and eliminating activity fees for students in grades 7-9.

•  Eliminating gate fees for Windom students in grades K-12.

•  Replacing iPads at Winfair.

•  Purchasing a zSpace lab.

Superintendent Wayne Wormstadt also informed the board that the district will have $1.1 million in capital costs for long-term maintenance items and purchasing equipment, such as a new scrubber for the school.

Despite the expenses, Wormstadt reported that the district still has an unreserved fund balance of over 22 percent, which is well above the 12 percent the board wants to maintain.

With the approval of those items, the board also OKed the 2018 budget.

For more on the school board meeting, including a $30,000 grant the school received, see the story on page 1 of the May 10 issue of the Cottonwood County Citizen on newsstands today.


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