Bloomfield’s new board approves 2021-22 budget

NEW BLOOMFIELD – The New Bloomfield R-3 School District School Board approved the budget for the 2021-22 school year on Thursday evening at its June meeting.

Additions to the budget include:

One additional elementary teacher added due to class size;

ESSER III silver;

One additional interpreter for a total of three;

ESSER money for transportation and technology;

Certified base salary increased from $ 31,250 to $ 33,250;

Base salary not certified increased by 6%;

The administration’s salary increased by 1.5%;

Central office staff were moved eight hours a day;

An increase in Nichols tuition fees per student from $ 1,500 to $ 2,250;

Moved the elementary librarian to a certified position;

Fuel budget increased from $ 35,000 to $ 50,000;

Increased athletic director’s allowance from $ 3,200 to $ 5,000;

Addition of full-time parents as teachers.

“The new Bloomfield Schools are expected to end the 2020-21 school year with a fund balance of approximately 40-45%,” said Superintendent Sarah Wisdom. “The Education Council had set a target of 30% fund balance. However, in our unique time, we are fortunate to have this balance of funds to weather the COVID-19 storm while providing our students with the best possible education.

“With ESSER I, II and now III funds, as well as state and county grants, we were able to pay for some salaries, cleaning supplies and other materials that we need for an average year – that’s going to inflate a funds Now is the time to ensure that our facilities are where we want them for the future, as New Bloomfield continues to see student population growth. “

Council members also adopted by a unanimous 6-0 vote the plan for the safe return to in-person instruction and continuity of service for the district for the upcoming school year. The plan outlines the different phases that the school district has in place for safety protocols.

The green phase calls all students present at school, yellow calls for primary students on campus using both buildings while middle and high school students will use virtual learning, and red calls for all students learning virtually home. Other protocols have also been published to ensure the safety of students and faculty, including social distancing, the recommendation to wear masks when social distancing is not an option, temperature checks before entering schools. district buildings and additional cleaning.

“I took the COVID plan that the committee wrote and kind of updated it with what we did at the end of the year and adding the additions that DESE asked us to do,” said declared Wisdom.

The board also approved the superintendent and central office staff to make the appropriate year-end transfers and change the 2020-2021 district budget to actual dollar amounts to be in line with the Department of Primary Education guidelines and Missouri High School. This would include classified and certified salary scales, a 1.5% salary increase for administration and a transfer of $ 250,000 between funds.

Board members received an update on the summer projects. Wisdom explained that the roofing project is underway, but a wetter installation has been found and it could be an additional expense. She added that the pavement project is expected to start at the end of this month.

The council received three different estimates for the concession building. One showed a new building that would cost $ 521,208, the other showed the existing building redeveloped at a cost of $ 418,450, and the last showed all of the site work, but only the shell and concrete of the current building, the interior being completed at a later date by the school costs $ 335,343.

It was decided to create a working group composed of three members of the board of directors: Craig Abbott, Gina Clark and Josh Woods. They will meet with Wisdom and the builders to discuss other designs, then submit a proposal to the board on which option to choose.

The next council meeting will be on Thursday, July 15 at 6 p.m. in the central office meeting room.

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