Boyne City Public School budget OK’d for 2015

school budget webBeth Gohs

Staff Writer

The Boyne City Public Schools Board of Education recently discussed and approved its 2014-2015 budget.
Boyne City Public Schools Business Manager Irene Byrne presented the board with the $12,680,517 budget, noting that the school’s fund balance is now down to $1,707,943.
“We are now one of the lowest funded districts in the state,” said Byrne, who based her budget on a pupil count of 1,306 students at $7,251 per student. According to Byrne, that is a $58 increase from last year.
Listed in the written budget are revenues for the general budget, capital grant fund and the food service budget:
General Revenue:
Local Sources – $5,927,217
Non Ed Sources – $12,000
State Sources – $5,223,121
Federal Sources – $388,193
Incoming Transfers & Transactions $923,450
Total – $12,473,981
• Non-audited assigned fund balance for 2014-2015 – $1,268,018
• Non-audited unassigned fund balance for 2014-2015 – $206,536
Basic programs – $6,650,811
Added needs – $1,716,542
Support Services
Pupil support – $526,024
Instructional support – $282,876
General administration – $324,975
School administration – $577,313
Business operations – $167,900
Operation and maintenance – $1,259,060
Pupil transportation – $680,217
Support services – Central – $432,838
Community services – $61,961
Total Appropriated – $12,680,517
According to Byrne, the Capital bond budget was subsidized for technology and buses, and they have made no changes to the budget.
The school plans to buy two new buses through the capital bond budget for the total price of $158,262.
The currently used buses are determined to be scrapped in order to maximize the money they could receive for the used buses.
Before board members voted on adopting the budget, there was a discussion of whether they would use propane in the new buses.
Peter Moss, Superintendent of Boyne City Public Schools, told the board they are not certain which direction they will go in but that, after talking to owners of buses which use propane, the cons outweigh the pros.
“We talked to people who use propane buses and found those engines may only have a shelf-life of about 100,000 miles,” Moss said. “And, as you see the chart we hope they are just getting broken-in with 100,000 miles.”
Moss also said propane would cost more than diesel, and installation of a propane tank would be necessary.
The vote for the board of education to purchase two new buses at the price of $158,262 was unanimous.
Byrne told the board they had spent less than $65,000 of the $384,912 they were granted in the 2013-14 year of the technology bond, and that they have a little over a year to spend the money.
“We have a plan to turn over iPads to the elementary school, so they will spend down that,” Moss said. “We also plan to have security … and we’re going to have a couple of flowering pads on the edges.”
The board discussed the amended food service budget, the primary change being a decrease of  $15,000 for staff, food director and maintenance.
Miscellaneous expenditures to be expected included the snow plowing and heating bill.
According to Byrne, their bill doubled for the heat bill in the winter of 2014 and the snow plow was triple of what they paid the year before. She said the school system will plan on higher budgeting for the coming winter.
The meeting ended with votes on various budget-related items: All but the general fund budget were approved unanimously. the general fund budget was passed by a vote of 4-1.