Expenses up as revenue plateaus at South Summit
With expenses up and revenue the same as last year, South Summit School District might have to make some hard decisions to balance its budget for next school year. According to South Summit Business Administrator Kip Bigelow, the good news is the school district didn’t lose revenue from last year.
"Money coming in from the state is only $20K more than last year," Bigelow said, adding that the Utah State retirement system will be adding a 1.9 percent increase to what the school district has to put toward teachers’ retirement plans.
"That will cost us about $120K in additional expenses and that’s assuming payroll is the same as last year," he said. "We have to pay that for all full time employees."
The school board plans to nail down some budget strategies in the next few months before the final budget is due in June. At this point, Bigelow said they don’t plan on making any cuts.
"It going to be a matter of trying to budget what little bit of extra money we received to covering a pretty big expense increase," he said.
The next meeting is scheduled April 5, according to South Summit Superintendent Barry Walker, adding that the board also hopes to approve allocation of the states Land Trust funds, which is money coming in from the state appropriated for improving academic programs for students.
"The plan has to be approved by the community council by each school and then it has to come by the school board for final approval," Walker said, adding that the money allotted each year depends on student body numbers. This year the elementary school will receive $48K, the middle school will receive $35K, and the high school $34K.
The school board met briefly this week to approve two new hires for South Summit High School. According to South Summit High School Principal Gary Twitchell, both teachers show enthusiasm about working at the school.
Dusty Hatch, who also serves as the high school’s basketball coach, will be teaching woodshop, furniture-making and cabinetry courses starting next year. Hatch has more than 20 years of experience in his own cabinetry shop, Twitchell said, adding that he will be replacing the current woodshop teacher Glen Jones, who will be moving to the middle school.
"We’re exited to have him here because he has a lot of good ideas on how to expand the woodshop area and he has some good ideas as to how to recruit girls into the program and expand that for them," Twitchell said.
Jake Woolstenhulme will be the high school’s fulltime science and Career and Technical Education teacher and will be teaching Earth Systems, landscaping and Equine Science, because of his background on the rodeo equestrian team at Utah Valley University. Woolstenhulme was teaching at Union High School, and will start at South Summit in August, Twitchell said. He’s also planning to help coach the wrestling team.
For more information regarding the South Summit School Board meeting visit the school’s website at http://www.ssummit.k12.ut.us .
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