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WCS establishes new funds

By Josh Sigler
jsigler@thepaperofwabash.com

Wabash City Schools’ budget, which will be put under the microscope by the Wabash City Council and School Board in the coming weeks, will have a much different structure to it this time around due to state mandates.


Chief Business Officer Matt Stone laid out the changes and what they mean at the Tuesday, Sept. 4 school board meeting.
The General Fund is no more. Additionally, there is no more Capital Projects Fund, Transportation Fund or Bus Replacement Fund.


Capital Projects, Bus Replacement and Transportation, along with some of what used to be in the General Fund will now be in what’s called the Operations Fund.


About 80 percent of what used to be the General Fund will now make up the Education Fund.


The board passed resolutions establishing the funds as of Jan. 1, 2019, transferring the General Fund balance, which Tuesday stood at $1.7 million, to the Education Fund, and the Capital Projects, Bus Replacement and Transportation balances to the Operations Fund.


“It’s going to give us some flexibility,” Stone said, “because if we had extra money in Transportation or Bus Replacement we could use that for Capital Projects if we needed to. But, it’s also going to cause a lot of accounting work as we go along because we’ll be able to transfer with votes from the board with one fund to the other. So, there will probably be more movement than there used to be. It gives us some more flexibility, so in the long run I think it’ll help us.”


The board also Tuesday:


-- Approved the request to advertise the 2019 Bus Replacement Plan and 2019 CPF plan.


-- Approved the recommendation to promote Samantha Harshman to Transportation Director with an hour rate of $18.00.


-- Approved a recommendation to adopt a policy for credit cards.


-- Approved a recommendation to adopt the policy on transfer tuition for visiting students.


-- Approved a recommendation to adopt the policy on mileage reimbursement.


-- Approved Amy LePage as the WCS Testing Coordinator with a stipend of $2,500.


-- Approved the lease agreement between Wabash City Schools and Northeast Indiana Works for office space at the Wabash County Community Learning Center.


-- Approved Lisa Brewer for temporary kindergarten teacher at O.J. Neighbors for the 2018-19 school year at the long-term substitute teacher rate.


-- Approved the extension of Christin Hoppes’ maternity leave through Oct. 26, 2018.


-- Approved Dawn Dutton to teach the developmental preschool class for the extension of Christin Hoppes’ maternity leave through Oct. 26, 2018.


-- Approved the 2018-19 quarterly course fee of $3.11 for the Wabash Middle School Graphic Design classes for sixth and seventh grade.


-- Approved the 2018-19 semester course fee of $8.90 for the Wabash High School dual credit Ivy Tech English 111 class.


-- Approve Natasha Whitney as a teacher aide at Wabash Middle School at a rate of $9.70 per hour for the 2018-19 school year.


-- Approved the following ECA positions for the 2018-19 school year:


-- Jake Stevens as freshman class sponsor with a stipend of $448.


-- Mark Nevil as sophomore class sponsor with a stipend of $448.


-- Mark Nevil as Music Department chair with a stipend of $975.


-- Shaun Eiler for both Shop Maintenance positions with a stipend of $910 each.


-- Donna Ballard as Best of the Best sponsor with a stipend of $900, and as Art Department chair with a stipend of $975.


-- Elizabeth Freeman as Director of Theatrical Production with a stipend of $1,134 per show.


-- Approved the recommendation to hire Kurt Brackenhamer as a full-time bus driver with one year experience effective Aug. 8, 2018.


-- Approved Wendy Sheridan for a part-time position in the cafeteria effective Aug. 27, 2018.


-- Approved Darlene McCarty for a part-time position in the cafeteria effective Aug. 30, 2018.


-- Approved recommendation to deliver meals to Kids First Preschool starting Sept. 4, 2018 at $6.00 per meal.


-- Approved the following coaches for the 2018-19 school year:


-- Chris Walter, middle school tennis volunteer


-- Kaitlynn Murphy, girls 5th/6th volleyball


-- Stacie Parrett, girls 5th/6th volleyball


-- Rob Kastner, girls 7th/8th volleyball volunteer. 


-- Approved the following athletic changes for the 2018-19 school year:


-- The resignation of Mike Vinopal as high school boys track assistant coach.


-- The resignation of Beth Barden as middle school track assistant coach.


-- Hiring of Kim Hodson as high school swimming assistant coach.


-- Hiring of Aaron McCoart as high school field painter.


-- Hiring of Rodney Lynn as high school field painter.


-- Hiring of Alyson Keefer as middle school track assistant coach.


-- Hiring of Barden as middle school track volunteer.


-- Approved Jessica Keffaber as the assistant theater director at a stipend of $681 per show beginning with the 2018-19 school year, pending a background check.
 

Posted on 2018 Sep 11