D-29 amends budget

With a new school year underway, the Williston District 29 School Board approved several budget amendments to maintain a balanced budget.
Since passing the third and final reading of their budget during their June 19 meeting, the district realized their local tax revenue was $82,000 more than previously projected, said Superintendent Dr. Tom Siler.
"Adjustments were changed based on actual revenue received in the 2011-2012 fiscal year," stated a district memo about the changes.
The district also saw an $87,208.33 decrease in expenditures, including $10,000 from a reduction in teacher salaries after a teacher left. An "over-projected" unemployment compensation amount provided by the unemployment office for district employees affected by the reduction in force during the 2010-11 school year also factored into the decrease. The actual amount was "significantly less" than what they were originally told it would be, said Siler.
District 29 was also "fortunate to be able to add to our fund balance (or reserve fund)" due to leftover insurance reimbursement and bond account money from repairing district water damage, said Siler.
Board member Doris Young made a motion to approve the budget amendments, which was seconded by Chris Rivers. The motion was unanimously approved.
In other news:
-Ronnie Neville, the district's maintenance supervisor, updated the board on summer renovations across the district.
The maintenance crew installed 11 new doors, painted handrails and classrooms, installed new carpet in the offices at the high school, replaced the carpet in eight classrooms with new tile floors and took out four old sinks, said Neville. They also did routine cleaning of classrooms, which involves removing everything from the room.
"Thank you for a job well done," said Vice Chairman Scotty Richardson.
-Richardson was recognized for reaching Level 2 (of six) with the S.C. School Boards Association's Boardsmanship Institute.
The institute offers school board members in S.C. "year-round training curriculum focused on leadership skills...on state and national educational issues," according to a memo about the award.
-Kelly Edwards Elementary and Williston-Elko Middle schools were recognized for being among 312 schools statewide to earn the Palmetto Silver award, which recognizes schools for high levels of academic achievement and high rates of improvement.
-The board unanimously approved the hiring of Dr. Richard Borst as a science teacher at Williston-Elko High School, Christina del Hoyo as a Spanish teacher at WEHS, Victoria Blackstone as a culinary arts teacher at WEHS and Heather Salisbury as a second grade teacher at KEES.