The North Mercer R-3 School District Board of Education adopted the 2017-2018 budget and approved 2016-2017 budget amendments at its meeting last Monday evening.
Revenues for 2017-2018 are projected at $2,563,342 with expenditures projected at $2,802,740. There is a projected net loss of $239,398.
The budget includes buying two buses and lease purchasing three buses as the district transitions from Durham Services to district-owned buses.
Approved 2016-2017 budget amendments included revenues increasing by $55,532 with expenses increasing by $31,249.
The end of the year budget deficit is projected at $46,16.
The board also set lunch prices for next school year and a tuition waiver request.
Lunch prices will increase by 25 cents per meal with adult meals will costing $2.75, junior high and high school meals $2.25, and elementary $2. Milk prices also increased by five cents to 30 cents.
The board discussed technology improvements, including laptops in the high school, Google Chromebooks accessible to all students, and bandwidth and computer lab improvements. A decision is expected to be made at the July meeting.
The board accepted one retirement and eight employments.
Paraprofessional Ginny Niemeyer will retire after serving the district for 38 years.
Richard Jones, Doug Eldridge, and Doyle Wyatt will serve as bus route drivers for next school year.
Drew Smith was employed as a junior high and high school physical education and health teacher. He will also coach varsity girls basketball and varsity boys spring baseball.
Courtney Scroggie was employed as an art teacher.
Debra Goodman was employed as a cook, and Miranda Zerbe was hired as a salad bar attendant.
Becca Tate will be a part-time Parents as Teachers instructor.