WATERFORD – Teachers, pupils and parents gathered at the Wolf Creek Local Board of Education meeting to watch a mock parliamentary procedure provided by the Waterford FFA team on Monday.
Matt Hartline, FFA teacher at Waterfrod High School, introduced the parliamentary procedure team before they took the stage.
Emma Hartline chaired the meeting. The team discussed donating money for charities, fundraisers and fair trade projects.
“We are really proud of them” said Hartlin. “One thing parents take away from this contest is that it helps your kids speak in public, the impromptu speaking is a real benefit of that.”
Treasurer Rachel Miller presented the five-year financial forecast for November to the school board.
Miller reported a positive cash balance of approximately $10 million, which is expected to decrease to approximately $3 million by 2027. Miller reviewed district income and expenses and explained how utilities had increase.
She said they have seen an increase in electricity, gas and other utilities due to inflation.
“Our biggest thing we’re going to see this year is an increase in insurance,” she says.
Miller said they need to look at their future construction expenses, like roofs.
“ESSER (Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief) funds help us somewhat with electrical upgrades to the school, but like anything else, if something happens you will have to fix it,” she says.
Miller continued with their total expenses. She said salaries and benefits accounted for 88% of the district’s total expenses. The national average is 81%.
“Our benefits are the fastest growing expenses we have,” she says.
After the presentation, the board voted and unanimously approved the forecast.
During the Superintendent’s Report, Superintendent Doug Baldwin spoke about Election Day and air conditioning upgrades. Baldwin said there were no problems on Election Day at Waterford Primary School’s Cooper Gymnasium. He said the whole building was locked, so no one had access to the rest of the facility. Baldwin said the air conditioning system was being installed at the high school.
“As we work through the winter, you’re going to see a lot of things change,” he said. “If you walk through the gymnasium you will see that the units are on the ceiling, there are five of them.”
In Positive Shots, where school administrators talk about positivity in their schools, high school principal Suellen Coleman said she received an $8,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to buy two new fountains at Waterford High and Waterford Elementary. . She said they were out of stock and hope to receive them by January 1.