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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • Group to ponder budget

  • The Neosho R-5 School Board will consider a revised 2013-14 budget when it meets in regular session at 7 p.m. Monday at the administrative center.
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  • The Neosho R-5 School Board will consider a revised 2013-14 budget when it meets in regular session at 7 p.m. Monday at the administrative center.
    The $46 million document includes some $374,000 in salary increases, with custodial staff going from $8.77 to $9.64 an hour. Neosho is among the lower paying districts in the area, with Seneca paying $11.71 an hour and McDonald County paying its custodial staff $12.47.
    Meanwhile, the teacher base salary will remain the same, while teachers will be given an experience step, according to Tim Crawley, assistant superintendent of business and finance for the district.
    "Additionally, retirement payments by the district were not increased for certified staff or non-certified staff and will remain at 14.5 percent and 6.86 percent, respectively," Crawley wrote in the board packet. "The board also continues to pay 100 percent of the cost of premiums for all employees who qualify for health insurance coverage which saw an increase to contributions of 9 percent."
    The budget includes total estimated revenues of $42.62 million, and total expenditures of $46.33 million.
    "After revenues and expenditures for the year are considered, the projected ending balance on June 30, 2014, is $8,378,794," Crawley wrote. "This is reflective of a balanced operating budget. However, the capital projects fund reflects spending into surplus to meet projected construction and technology acquisitions and will not be recurring costs. These are pending approval of applications and plans as part of a long-range facility planning process to be developed this year, and should be off-set in future years by cost savings in other areas."
    In other business, the board:
    •n Will hear an update from Eric McCune, project manager with Sapp Design and Associates, on FEMA shelters;
    • Will hear a report from Joe Kinder, a representative of George K. Baum Inc., a Kansas City-based investment banking company. The company provides bonds to municipalities and school districts;
    • Consider granting approval for the Neosho High School orchestra to attend a competition at Six Flags in St. Louis, and;
    • Approve a list of bus routes and riderships.
    The group is also expected to meet in closed session to discuss personnel issues.
    A work session will precede the meeting at 5 p.m. It will also be held at the administration center.

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