BY CAROL HICKS
Hoopeston Area school board members unanimously approved the tentative budget for 2014 and will conduct a public hearing at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 19 in the high school library.
The budget will be on display in the district office beginning Tuesday.
“We look at revenue and budget conservatively,” said Mark Eighner, district treasurer, “but we are very liberal with expenses.”
Eighner explained that although the education fund revenue, as an example, is less than the expenses, there are contingencies built built into the budget.
Superintendent Hank Hornbeck added, “We always plan the worst case scenario in the budget. Fortunately, it works well.”
He went on to say the district will receive only 89 percent of its scheduled payments from the state this year, which will mean a loss of $694,000 in revenue to the district.
Hornbeck also informed the board there will be changes in the school board election petitions. House Bill 2418 now requires those filing petitions to run for the school board will have to file the petitions with the county clerk. Previously the petitions were filed in the district office.
In other school board business, board members heard a presentation by Kim Kuchenbrod, consultant for Vermilion Advantage, about the STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) program and the benefits it offers to the students in Vermilion County.
She added that Vermilion Advantage is working on developing an elementary program that would need pilot schools as early as next year. Kuchenbrod asked board members whether they would be interested in being a pilot school for the program.
Board members received a proposal for No Pass No Play from Hoopeston Area High School Principal Larry Maynard regarding the After School Assistance Program (A.S.A.P.) for board members approval. Maynard also talked about the new English Enrichment Class for ninth-graders, an additional one semester class for interventions in reading, writing, speaking, listening and note taking.
n Learned DACC plans a ribbon cutting for 11 a.m. Sept. 9 and an open house at the new Hoopeston campus extention on Orange Street (Illinois Route 9). Classes are scheduled to begin Sept. 16.
n Learned the Hoopeston School District Cornjerker and logo are trademarked and the district now owns them. Previously the district rights were in Illinois only, now they are national, said Hornbeck.
n Learned Maple Grade School will host parents night on Aug. 27, the middle school open house will be Sept. 10, and John Greer Grade School will host an open house at 6 p.m. Thursday when the district has a tour of the district’s school buildings.
n Learned that Honeywell Grade School received a $700 donation from family members of Glenna Hughes in honor of her 95th birthday. Hughes is a retired teacher from Honeywell. The donation will be used for Family Night at Honeywell on Sept. 17.
n The next Hoopeston Area school board meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 19 in the high school library.