CHURUBUSCO — Smith-Green Community Schools Board of School Trustees discussed financial concerns at its regular meeting Monday.
The board discussed concerns over the government’s Budget Control Act of 2011 which will take effect next year. The act will cut SGCS’s funding by almost $35,000. This cut follows a previous federal funding cut of more than $385 million nationwide in 2011.
Unless the Budget Control Act is amended, public schools across the state will be affected and likely be forced to offer fewer courses, lay off staff and teachers and have larger classes. Board members are fearful that the impact of the cuts will be felt deeper within smaller school systems like SGCS.
In Churubusco Junior-Senior High School news, Principal Jim Folland reminded those present of Tuesday’s community food drive from 10:50 a.m. to noon and the Veterans Day program which takes place from 10:50 a.m. to noon on the same day.
Folland told the board about “Mix it Up Day.”
At lunch, students were encouraged to sit with other students they normally would not sit with in hopes of making new friendships.
English and Math Department faculty met with Folland for Data Mining in preparation for the ISTEP and PSAT. They also discussed how to develop school-wide goals which school faculty hopes to implement in the next three to five years.
In Churubusco Elementary School news, Principal Shellie Miller said the 5K “Character Counts” run was a “success,” raising $1,000. She also thanked the staff and those who helped out.
Miller told the board about fourth grader Madison Huntley’s desire to help the east coast hurricane victims. Thanks to her compassionate idea, the student council has develop several ideas on how to raise money to aid those in need.
Faculty member, Nancy Becker, told the board members that the summer school program is fully funded at this point.
This month’s Spotlight on Success recognized student Landon Keener as “a pillar of respect through kind words and actions as well as his persistence to give his best when things become challenging.”
Business Manager Todd Fleetwood updated the board on the progress of the construction project continuing at the school. Footers are being dug for the new cafeteria. The piping and a generator pad are to be installed soon.
Cathy Petrie spoke of the SGCS’s declining enrollment and the financial hurt it has caused the district.
Because the General Fund money is calculated off of enrollment, SGCS’s budget has been less than ideal in recent years. Both Bailey and Petrie expressed frustration over the surplus revenue Indiana gained, which state officials chose to not distribute to public schools.
The 2013 graduation date was approved for Friday, June 7 at 7 p.m.
Assistant Principal Matt Widenhoefer presented a Wellness Report, discussing progress and future expectations to ensure healthy students. According to the report, 70 percent of six to 12th graders at Smith-Green Community Schools participate in an extracurricular activity. This is significantly higher than most schools. In the cafeteria, pop machines have been placed on timers and healthy choice signs are now on display.
The physical education department has scheduled presentations for breast cancer awareness, testicular cancer awareness and aids awareness.
SGCS is striving to keep students active by holding several activities such as walk-a-thons, running clubs, weights and exercise clubs, archery club and jump rope club.
Public Work Session
The board held a Public Work Session before its regular meeting to discuss interview questions to pose to 12 applicants being considered for the superintendent’s position. Although no members of the community were present, Interim Superintendent Ralph Bailey said there has been some input outside of the official meetings.
The next executive session will be held Nov. 12 at 7 p.m.
The next school board of trustees meeting will be held Nov. 19 at 7 p.m.