The Nokomis School Board met in regular session on Tuesday evening and heard Superintendent Scott Doerr report that the district has received nearly all of the anticipated revenue from the state of Illinois for the last fiscal year.
While the state is behind in payments of $49,480 for the new fiscal year, he noted that the district is currently on target with its budget forecasts.
Enrollment in the district has remained stable with a decrease of only one student compared to last year's attendance figures. There are currently 699 students enrolled including the pre-K classes based on the sixth day enrollment figures.
The board approved the lease-purchase of new computers for the district. Thirty new desktop computers will be purchased for the North School lab. In addition, 55 net tablets will be purchased for use in the junior high school and for future ISAT testing throughout the district. The lease-purchase agreement will cost the district $57,638 over the next three years.
There will be four seats on the school board that will be up for election to be held on April 9, 2013. Those interested in seeking a position on the board may pick up a petition at the district office. Signed petitions must be returned by December. The board approved Tammy Johnson as an election official and Judy Johnson as her designee.
Representatives from the Cornerstone Academy, located at the former South School, reported on their progress during the past year. They noted that they had served 181 students from 16 school districts over the past year. While currently not at full capacity, they indicated that there were 86 students enrolled in elementary through high school classes served by 28 employees.
During the course of the meeting, the board noted and/or approved the following:
• Monthly bills totaling $530,650 were approved leaving a fund balance of $3,282,292
• Approved administrative and certified staff compensation reports both of which will be posted on the district website
• Approved the FY 2013 budget
• Bids to supply fuel for the district will be opened at the October meeting
• Family leave requests were approved for Tim Puckett (12 weeks), Barb Klinefelter (12 weeks), and Dawn Alexander, (2 weeks)
• Field trips were approved for the FFA Convention, the Rembrandt Art Convention, and the State Student Council Conference, all at no additional cost to the district
• Erica Detmers and Bonnie Brownback were approved as volunteer girls basketball coaches, for the high school and junior high school, respectively
• Whitney Hill and Pamela Stein were approved as co-sponsors for the high school play