Cumberland School Board Reviews Budget

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Published on July 6 2012 3:55 pm
Last Updated on July 14 2013 12:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

Cumberland school board members heard at their most recent meeting that expenditures were less during the fiscal year than what was budgeted overall, but that expenditures were more than was budgeted in two funds.  That means the Board needs to amend the budget to address the overage.

Superintendent Russell Ragon said expenditures exceeded income by about $34,000, in part because the State owes the District more than $255,000.  Ragon said the District might get the funds later, but not until the new State fiscal year so the State's books look better balanced.

Ragon is also concerned since the State has announced another 5% reduction in General State Aid for the new fiscal year.

The Board approved a revised budget for public review; hired Mose, Yockey, Brown and Kull as auditors; and approved Daniel Huffman as the school district representative to the Cumberland County Development Corporation.

Cumberland board members approved a technology lease agreement with American Capital for implementation of a virtual desktop.  The proposal from the technology department at Lake Land College would help upgrade the district technology and network.

Ragon said the agreement would involve an annual lease payment of between $35,000 and $40,000 over a five-year period.  He thinks the move would reduce the overall technology budget by $15,000 to $20,000 over the next few years.

The Board approved a mineral rights lease with Pioneer Oil Company to drill on land on which the District holds the rights.  The District will get $100 for the rights to drill and then 1/8th of the production, if any oil is produced.  The land used to be part of the Lacey School property.

Board members heard that sports physicals will be July 24 at the Toledo Clinic from 4-6pm, and that registration will be August 6 from 9am to 6pm and August 7 from noon to 7pm.  There was also discussion about forming a coalition between the school district, county officials, law enforcement officers and the general public to further pride in Cumberland County including a cleanup of all litter and trash throughout the county.

Following a closed session, the Cumberland board hired Whitney Edwards as school nurse; accepted a resignation from Jessica Bradley as assistant high school softball coach; and hired Lucas Watkins as high school assistant football coach.