The Boyne City Public Schools Board of Education met three times in June, with numerous discussions and decisions resulting. Here are the highlights from those meetings.
June 11, 2018 Regular Meeting Highlights
Retirees that were acknowledged and appreciated for their years of service at this Board meeting were:
- David Bricker, Middle School 6th Grade Science Teacher will retire after 45 years of service.
- Betsy Olund, Elementary School Paraprofessional will retire after 42 years of service.
- Sarah MacLean, Middle School Counselor resigned to pursue a job in another district.
- Christine Nothstine, Middle School Special Education Teacher resigned to pursue a job in another district.
The Board accepted several donations:
- The Board of Education approved the grant awarded from the Charlevoix County Community Foundation in the amount of $1,907 to create a “Wheeled Play Area” for the Early Learners program.
- The Board of Education approved a donation from the Boyne City Kiwanis Club in the amount of $500 to help support the Hospitality Program’s trip to Disney World.
The Board had several action items and here are some of the highlights:
Building Trades Asking Price Approved at $235,000
For the 42nd consecutive year, the Boyne City High School’s Building Trades program has completed a student constructed home from start to finish, from foundation to the final product. This year’s home is located at 1107 Wilson Street in Boyne City steps away from Avalanche Preserve. The Board set the asking price at . This year’s home has 1850 square feet, 3 spacious bedrooms and 2 tiled bathrooms. The Board of Education set the asking price at the June 11th Board meeting at $235,000. On June 25, the Board accepted an offer for $240,000. The house is set to close in July.
Call for a Regular School Election – 2 Board Seats Available, 6-year terms
The Board of Education adopted the resolution, for a regular school election to be held on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. There will be two members elected to the Board of Education for full terms of 6 years ending in 2024.
Guidelines to become a Board member:
- You must be a registered voter in Boyne City Public School District
- The forms (Nominating Petition, Statement of Organization, and Affidavit of Identity) must be filed by the deadline of July 24, 2018, no later than 4:00 p.m. at the Charlevoix County Clerk’s Office.
- You may pick up packets in the District Office at 321 South Park Street or from the Charlevoix County Clerk’s Office.
- If you would like any further information about becoming a Board member, please call our office at 231.439.8190.
2018 Tax Rate Request
The Board of Education approved the 2018 Tax Rate, requesting that there be no change in 2018 with 18 mills on Non-Homestead and 3.14 mills for bond debt be levied.
Non-Union Contract Extensions
The Board of Education approved contract extensions, compensation and insurance adjustments for the non-union staff for the 2018-2019 school year with a 2% increase in salaries. Unionized staff is in the second year of two year contracts, with a 2% increase as well.
At the end of the year also comes summer construction projects that are only viable because of the generous tax payers approving our bond in May of 2016. The Board approved a bid from ASCOMNORTH, Inc. to install an intercom system at the Boyne City Education Center. This will assist with building security.
June 25th meeting information:
Budget Hearing of June 25, 2018
Chief Financial Officer Irene Byrne presented the end of year, unaudited budget for 2017-18 and presented the 2018-2019 budgets. Below is a summary of some factors that affected the District’s decisions.
- BCPS will end the year with an unaudited fund balance near 15%, as June bills are closed out, we will refine this projection. The final balance for this year will be determined after the audit is completed in
- Retirements this year will impact the next year’s 2018-2019 budget. Teaching staff will be replaced; while some support staff will not be replaced.
- Increased costs of Early College and dual enrollment for high school students have been absorbed by this budget and adjustments have been made for next year. 80% of the graduating class of 2018 took at least one college class this year.
- BCPS projects this budget to end with a fund balance of near 15% coming into the 2018-2019 school year, and anticipates a similar fund balance at the end of 2018-19.
- Our current count projection for fall of 2018-2019 is 1350 students. In December 2017 the budget amendment was completed with a student count of 1375, which for budgeting purposes for 2018-2019 is a reduction of 25 students.
- The District will continue to watch enrollment figures over the summer and adjust the staffing plan accordingly.
- The reduction in students is a result of a large graduating class of 2018 and a slightly smaller kindergarten class enrolling for next fall.
- General Fund Budget adjustments were recommended by the administration to the Board of Education.
- It is the desire of the Board to maintain a 15% fund balance. This protects the district in case of future unstable funding or events that could negatively impact student learning environments and opportunities and helps meet cash flow during the school year.
- The use of Enhancement Millage funds will be used in three categories:
- Capital Bond: BCPS is currently planning for construction and renovation projects for the summer of 2019. Depending on bids and pricing, the district hopes to put new roofs on the MS and the BCEC, as well as, rework the front entry of the high school to improve the security of the building during the school day. The Enhancement Millage funds may be used to support the 2016 Bond funds, which must be expended first.
- Expansion of the Early Learners program tuition-free 4-year-old preschool will begin in September of 2018. Next year the district will also continue to run the 3-year-old tuition-based preschool program. The enrollment of 3-year-olds has increased, resulting in the need to hire a new teacher and assistant.
- Career Readiness funds will support the instructor costs for the new high school Electrical Engineering: Lineworker program. Enhancement funds will also support other similar classes with direct career ties such as CAD design, metal fabrication, drafting, and an 8th-grade career development class. Additionally, this fund will assist the Early College and Dual Enrollment programs.
- Like many businesses and industries rising costs continue to impact the District budget such as:
- 3% increase in employee health care and insurance costs
- 3% increase in District cost for employee retirement
- 2% increase in salary
- This budget is built on the foundation grant for 2018-19 increasing revenue by $240 per-pupil. This is welcome news from Lansing. The reductions and adjustments in this budget would have been far more substantial without this increase. The new per pupil funding level for BCPS from the State of Michigan for foundation level schools who are “in formula” is $7,871.
- Budgets are a “road map” that is based on assumptions. As the reality of next school year becomes apparent, the District will continue to adjust plans.
June 25th Regular Board Meeting:
Board President Ken Schrader shared a letter from the Board of Education to the BCPD thanking them for their support this school year.
The Board approved a resolution continuing the District’s membership in the Michigan High School Athletic Association for the 2018-19 school year.
The Board approved all the amended 2017-18 budgets and the 2018-19 preliminary budgets as recommended at the Budget Hearing.
Community members are welcomed and encouraged to attend School Board meetings and become involved in the operation and governance of their school district. Your involvement in the education of our children is appreciated. The Boyne City School Board meetings are typically on the second Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. July’s meeting is on the 16th due to the 4th of July holiday. All meeting dates can be found at our website at this address: https://www.boyne.k12.mi.us/District/Portal/board-of-education.
Notice of all special meetings will be posted on the website and by the main entrance in each school building as to date, time, and place.