School board approves budget

/ 7 June 2012 / jennifer

Anna Kurth, Hibbing Daily Tribune, June 7, 2012 –

HIBBING — Hibbing School Board directors Wednesday approved the 2012-2013 budget by fund.

The roughly $22.3 million general fund expenditure budget includes a deficit of about $250,000.

The unassigned general fund balance is estimated to include $1.76 million at the end of the budget’s fiscal year on June 30, 2013.

Business Manager Scott Wirtanen said the budget includes a 1 percent increase in salary and fringe benefits for all employees that was approved by the board previously. He added that the deficit was within the district’s budgetary target.

The district usually strives to be conservative financially with expenditures less than the revenues, he said.

Wirtanen added that due to a cash flow issue, the Health and Safety fund will show a slight deficit at the end of the fiscal year, but it and all the rest of the funds should be in a healthy situation for the district.

The motion to approve the budget was made by Director June Hendrickson, seconded by Director Dave Cicmil and approved unanimously. Director Ed LaTendresse was absent.

In other business directors:

• Approved the 2012-2013 Hibbing High School student handbook. The book was updated to include new graduation requirements approved by the board earlier this year.

• Approved the donation of old, unused athletic uniforms and surplus materials to booster clubs. The clubs plan to sell the outdated equipment and use the funds in their continued support of Bluejacket athletics, said Superintendent Robert Belluzzo.

• Approved the hire of James Plese as head cross country coach.

• Approved the hire of Michael Christie as a long-term substitute social studies teacher.

• Approved the hire of Thad Johannessohn as an industrial technology teacher to fill a position being vacated by retiring teacher Dan Pullar. Johannessohn previously worked for the district for several years, Belluzzo said.

• Approved the hire of Michele Johannsen as an English teacher. Johannsen’s position was cut due to budget reductions, but adjustments in assignments were made at the high school level to allow for the rehire, Belluzzo said.

• Approved the hire of Carrie McDonald and Michael Christie as summer school teachers at 10 hours per week each.

• Heard from high school Principal Mike Finco who recognized the good behavior of members of the class of 2012 at commencement. The ceremony was a good balance of celebration and respect for lost classmates, he said.

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