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N. Harrison eyes $19.9 million in 2007 budget

Taxpayers in the North Harrison Community School Corp. are invited to a special meeting tonight for a public hearing on the 2007 budget. The meeting begins at 7:30 in the North Harrison Middle School cafeteria.
Supt. Monty Schneider said at the Aug. 10 school board meeting that the budget is being advertised ‘way high’ with the expectation that the state will cut it later.
‘We’re advertising similar to what we advertised last year,’ Schneider said.
The advertised budget totals $19.9 million, which is $226,160 more than what was advertised for the 2006 budget. Next year’s budget is expected to be adopted during the Sept. 14 school board meeting, which is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. in the middle school cafeteria.
Schneider said the proposed capital project rate is up, allowing the school corporation to capture about $100,000. The advertised budget shows that fund for 2007 at $2.2 million.
The advertised amount for the remaining funds is as follows: $14 million, general fund; $1.6 million, debt service fund; $1 million, transportation operating fund; $550,000, bus replacement fund; $110,000, special education preschool fund; and $296,571, school pension debt service fund.
In other matters earlier this month, the trustees:
* Accepted resignations from Cherie Gaither as prom co-sponsor; Schneider as girls and boys cross country coach; Melissa Hall as school bus assistant; Robbie Foreman as middle school language arts teacher assistant; Pam Pitman, effective the end of the 2006-07 school year, as a school counselor; and Tracy Kerns as girls track coach.
* Approved the appointments of Carol Bentley as a custodian at North Harrison High School; Larry Martin as part-time instructional assistant in the Alternative Education Placement Position; Jerry Love as interim girls and boys cross country coach; Rick Snodgrass as girls soccer coach; and Joe Dones as the middle school boys tennis coach.
* Approved accepting a Ford Focus donated by Heritage Ford Mercury in Corydon.
* Accepted bids ‘ $2,527 from Bill Nichols for a school bus and $680 from Keith Jones for a trailer ‘ on property that had been deemed surplus.

In matters at last month’s school board meeting, the trustees:
* Accepted resignations from Janene Nash, as special education teacher at NHMS, effective Aug. 7; Marla Adams, who is retiring effective Sept. 1, 2007, as a social studies teacher at NHHS; Cheri Stephenson, as middle school girls’ track coach; Jason Stephenson, as seventh grade boys’ basketball coach; and Sara Miller, as guard director with the North Harrison Marching Cougars.
* Approved the appointments of Jason Jones as an elementary teacher at North Harrison Elementary School; April DeWeese as an elementary teacher at NHES; Kyle Weigleb as an assistant football coach; Elyce Foley as a lay guard instructor with the high school band; Christopher Morris as a lay assistant guard instructor; Jordan Black as a lay drum line instructor with the high school band; Jaclyn Beam as a lay drum line assistant instructor; Madonna Taylor as a special education teacher at the middle school; Velvet Maupin as a counselor at NHES.
* Agreed to accept $1,700 from the Harrison County Renaissance for the NHHS renaissance program.
* Increased meal prices by 10 cents per meal for the 2006-07 school year. Breakfast prices are $1.60 at NHHS; $1.50 at NHMS and both elementary schools; and $1.70 for adults. Lunch prices are $2.15 at NHHS; $.205 at NHMS; $1.95 at the two elementary schools; and $2.75 for adults.
* Accepted bids from Don’s Truck Sales for two buses, one for $1,200 and a second one for $1,027, and two bids from Bill Nichols for two other buses, one for $752 and the other for $1,012.