Monday, May 21, 2007


Ashland School District No. 5, Jackson County, Oregon - The Budget Committee met in a regular session on Monday, May 21, 2007, at 7:00 p.m. in the Ashland School District Board Room.  Present were:


Amy Amrhein               )

Mat Marr                     )

Heidi Parker                 )           Budget Committee Members

Amy Patton                  )

Bill Anderson                )

Rick Barth                    )

Chris Holzshu               )

Keith Massie                )


Juli Di Chiro, Superintendent

Pam Lucas, Business Manager

Jeanne Peterson, Executive Secretary

Traci Adams, Accountant

Daniel Cazares


I.          Call to Order


            The meeting was called to order at 7:02 p.m. by Chair Barth.


II.         Roll Check


            A roll of the Committee was taken and all members were present with the exception of Ruth Alexander and Mike Zodrow. 


III.               Approve Minutes of May 8, 2007


The minutes of May 8, 2007, were accepted as presented.


IV.       Updated Budget


The summary of proposed changes to the budget document was reviewed.  Superintendent Di Chiro discussed funds totaling approximately $600,000 the Oregon Department of Education owes the Ashland School District from the 2005-06 school year.  Generally, such corrections take place in the May payment.  We have been told that we may not get this money until May of 2008.  Superintendent Di Chiro is working to obtain this money in the July payment.  The administration recommended increasing the budget appropriation in case those funds are received next year.


Following discussion, Amy Amrhein moved that the Budget Committee accept the recommended changes, Items 1 through 8, to the budget document as proposed by staff.  Bill Anderson seconded and the motion passed unanimously.


Keith Massie moved and Bill Anderson seconded that we budget an additional $200,000 for technology, $240,000 for textbooks, $60,000 for contingency, and increase the State School Fund revenue by $500,000.  Committee members felt that the district should consider putting $200,000 in the 2008-09 budget.  The motion passed with the following roll call vote:  Amrhein – yes; Marr – no; Parker – no; Patton – yes; Anderson – yes; Barth – yes; Holzshu – yes; Massie – yes.


V.        AHS Metals Program – Discuss Schlecht – Metals Enrollment 03-04 to 06-07.


Enrollment for the Welding Program was reviewed, and the proposed reduction of this program will have the least impact on students as compared to other programs.


VI.       Capital vs. Operating Budget Tradeoffs


            Rick Barth stated it is in the district’s best interest to improve the buildings, heating systems, etc., to reduce the utility payments and do what it can to increase the efficiency of its buildings.  The District should work on shifting as much as it can from the operating budget to the capital budget.


            Following discussion, Amy Amrhein moved that the Budget Committee recommend to the school board that the District utilize capital funds to design buildings and systems that are energy efficient thereby reducing the operating expenses in the operating fund by investing in the capital program.  Chris Holzshu seconded and the motion passed unanimously.


VII.      Detailed Budget Questions


            There were no detailed questions remaining to be answered.


VIII.     Collective Bargaining Results


Rick Barth explained that he studied the teacher salaries and felt comfortable that the district is paying its certified staff appropriately.


IX.       General Discussion


            Following discussion, Bill Anderson moved and Heidi Parker seconded that the Budget Committee approve the proposed budget in the amount of $83,692,117 as recommended.  Mat Marr reiterated that he did not feel comfortable increasing funds in some areas while making reductions in personnel.  The motion passed with the following roll call vote:  Amrhein – yes; Marr – no; Parker – yes; Patton – yes; Anderson – yes; Barth – yes; Holzshu – yes; Massie – yes.


VII.      Adjournment


            There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 9:04 p.m.

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