The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

February 11, 2013

School board eyes budget

By Phyllis Zorn, Staff Writer
Enid News & Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Enid Public Schools Board of Education members spent the lion’s share of their time Monday evening poring over the 2012-13 budget and comparing it to years past.

“Our revenue this year is going to be about $97,000 less than last year,” said Karl White, chief financial officer for the district. “The reason for that is the loss of federal stimulus money.”

White said the district has about 1,000 more students than in 2009.

“We are also getting $338 less per student,” White said.

Superintendent Shawn Hime said increases in local funding have offset part of a decrease in state funding.

“The state is actually funding us at $477 less per student, but our ad valorem has increased,” Hime said.

Despite less revenue, expenditures are projected to be about $4.2 million more, due to more staff; expansion of the 4-year-old program to full days; costs to equip and supply two new elementary schools; replacing, upgrading and expanding information technology; and increases in costs of food and fuel.

“Although we are in good shape now, we need to be very careful over the next couple of years,” White told board members.

After lengthy discussion, the board approved the budget.

Board members saw to annual housekeeping duties of swearing in new members and electing president and vice president. Ernie Currier, Cheryl Patterson and Kyle Whitehead were sworn in. Jenny Webster was elected president, and Molly Helm, eight minutes late to the meeting, learned when she arrived she had been elected vice president.

In other matters, the board approved three change orders to contracts for ongoing work. These include a $4,530 increase to the contract with Dreamscapes LLC for landscaping at Waller Middle School; a $1,933 increase for the cost of bricks and two bathroom grab bars to the contract with Henson Construction Co. for renovations to Emerson Middle School; and a $10,389 increase to the contract with Heritage Construction for addition of a storm drain box, grate and frame at Monroe Elementary. It also will consider signing a contract with Easley Associates Architects for design of masonry repair and tuck pointing at Enid High School, Emerson and Longfellow middle schools, McKinley Elementary, Lincoln Academy and the old education building.

Also Monday, EPS named its building level teachers of the year. They are: Kathryn Dorton, Adams; Kellie Stock, Coolidge; Sue Dell, Eisenhower; Rob Kappus, Emerson; Linda Outhier, Enid High School; Natalie Holland, Garfield; Deni Williams, Glenwood; Reba Gregory, Hayes; Nicole Moneypenny, Hoover; Ann Allen, Lincoln; Jim Ebel, Longfellow; Eddie Lou Strimple, McKinley; Betsy Weaver, Monroe; Melissa Ross, Prairie View; Robin Newby, Taft; and Lisa Eldora, Waller.