EPG Board of Education met on Monday, September 25, 2017 for a budget hearing and their regular meeting. You can click below for the Board Report. 

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Budget Hearing

  • Prior to the start of the monthly meeting, the EPG Board of Education held a budget hearing. The hearing is an annual session to allow all EPG residents the opportunity to formally participate in the budget process.

  • The budget presented to the Board of Education projects $13,773,016 of revenue and $13,765,178 of expenses. The projected fund balance at the end of FY18 is $3,441,122 across all funds.

  • The Tentative Budget was presented to the Board of Education in August. Since that time, Illinois has enacted the Evidence-Based Funding for Student Success Act (SB1947). This funding formula guarantees that no district receives less state funding than it did the previous year. The formula is based on 27 factors considered best practices to enhance student achievement. All new money dedicated toward education would go through this formula to benefit schools with the greatest need. The EPG budget was based on receiving guaranteed state funding in FY18, but not any additional funds.

Board Meeting Discussion

  • Administrative Reports: Mr. Quam reported on the High School’s annual building goals and the Principal Advisory Council. Mr. Tomlinson reported on the change that have taken place with implementing attendance centers. He commended the flexibility and hard work of the staff and students. Mr. Fairchild expressed appreciation for air conditioned classrooms throughout the district to ensure the first few weeks of the year have been filled with quality student learning and not early dismissals and overheated students. Ms. Throneburg reported on the transition to elementary attendance centers. She also noted the upcoming DQ night. Mrs. Buss reported on the 9/8 Teacher Institute. She commended the district staff on their engaged participation during the feedback session. She also praised the work of elementary writing and secondary math teachers as they work to implement new curriculum this year.

  • FY17 Annual Financial Report: Rick Phillips of Phillips & Associates presented the annual district audit to the Board. The district’s Total Profile Score is a 3.00, which earns the designation of “warning”. The primary reason for the distinction is that at the close of FY17 the district only had 72.17 days cash on hand in the operating funds. The only findings were that the district uses cash-based accounting, and there is a lack of diversification of duties. Both those findings are found in almost every comparable sized district Illinois.

  • Risk Management Plan: The annual Risk Management Plan was updated to potentially include some additional security work and solving surfacing issues throughout the district.

  • Board Retreat: The Board discussed Saturday, February 3 at 8:00am as the date for the annual planning meeting.

  • Woodford County Facilities Sales Tax: School Boards throughout Woodford County are discussing the potential of adding the sales tax proposal to the April 2018 ballot. They will be considering at their October meeting whether or not to put the question on the ballot to allow voters to decide whether or not to place a 1% sales tax on various items. The tax would be collected throughout Woodford County and distributed based on student enrollment. Based on past sales, EPG would receive approximately $230,000 in annual revenue to use for improving facilities. CFST funds can be used to pay off existing debt, improve or build facilities, or borrow against for facility upgrades. During FY17, EPG received $17,386 in revenue from the Livingston County Facilities Sales Tax based on the number of EPG students who reside in that county.

Consent and Action Items

  • Approved past open and closed meeting minutes.

  • Approved financial reports and bills.

  • Approved transfer of $75,000 from Working Cash to Building Fund.

  • Approved Orthopedic and Sports Enhancement Agreement for 2017-18.

  • Accepted the following resignation:

    • Vicky Jackson

  • Approved the following coaches:

    • Janelle Czapar, HS Scholastic Bowl

    • Kenny Kuerth, JH Boys Basketball Volunteer Coach

    • Joe Metz, JH Boys Basketball Volunteer Coach

  • Approve release of surplus items.

  • Approve Risk Management Plan for FY18.

  • Approve Budget for FY18.

  • Approve date of Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 8:00am for Board Retreat.

  • Approve Foundation Requests to be passed on to the EPG Schools Foundation.

The next meeting of the Board of Education will be Monday, October 23rd in the Centennial School Library at 7:00p.

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