Howards Grove School District approves fund balance transfer

Steve Ottman Review Correspondent

HOWARDS GROVE—The Howards Grove School Board approved an $180,000 fund balance transfer to distribute funds to designated categories.

The board transferred $50,000 to salary adjustments, $50,000 for curriculum updates, $30,000 to transportation and $50,000 for maintenance and technology.

District Superintendent Chris Peterson commented that the reason for the budget surplus was that the schools have managed the 2012-13 budget very well.

“We always plan for the worst case scenarios, “Peterson said.

With a deadline to present the 2013-14 preliminary budget by the end of the month, the School Board has agreed to hold a speby cial meeting Wednesday, Aug. 28 at 4:15 p.m. in the district office.

Student fundraising activities for the 2013-14 school year were approved. Northview has school fundraisers such as a book fair, box tops, ecophones, labels and more, while the middle school will continue to have magazine sales.

Recently magazine sales have been down, Middle School Principal Andy Hanson reported. The school has been investigating other ways to raise funds.

The high school fundraisers include concessions sales at home games for many of the athletic programs, car washes, food sales, T-shirts and more.

A new teaching contract was issued to Vanessa Born to teach high school biology.

A transportation contract was agreed with Harms Bus Co. witha2percentincreasefor the 2013-14 school year. Peterson felt that Harms continues to serve the school well. Harms said that liability insurance was raised, however they were able to work hard to keep costs down.

The PTO report stated that they are continuing to raise money through restaurant sales. Bummy’s Haus is donating 15 percent of food sales from Aug. 26-28.

Wednesday, Aug. 28 is freshman and new student orientation at the high school, sneak peak at the middle school and Meet and Greet day at Northview.

School Board President Jeff DeAmico express thanks to the Howards Grove Athletic Association for having the high school band march in the Silver Dollar Parade.

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