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Richland School Board March 18th Meeting

Like other school districts around the state, the Richland School District is facing building a budget for next year, not knowing what state funding will be available.

At its March 18th meeting, District Administrator Jarred Burke reported that in general, Governor Tony Evers wants to add money to the education budget, but he is unsure if the budget does pass as is, how it will effect the district. Each year the Richland School District reviews staffing needs for the upcoming year. Staffing is a major part of the budgeting process. Currently the district has a staff neutral plan for the next school year. The staff neutral plan will utilize a retirement at the middle school to add a staff position at the elementary. The retirement will be backfilled with staff from the high school to accommodate the needs in the middle school. The administration has also been working on possible cuts and additions which would depend on the State Budget. Possible staff changes in order of preference in the teaching staff would be to add: a middle school librarian, middle school special education teacher, elementary special education teacher, or a high school guidance counselor. An addition in support staff could include: a high school guidance secretary, a certified nursing assistant, a full time grounds keeper, or two part time night and weekend custodians. Possible reductions could be: to not add an elementary teacher proposed in the staff neutral situation; and to not replace a middle school core classroom teacher due to retirement attrition. However, this would mean elevated numbers in middle school class sizes.

The board approved a number of agenda items through a unanimous consent agenda at the meeting on March 18th. Items approved were: the bid for a maintenance truck from Fillback Ford fro a cost of $29,649; district insurance coverage for 2019-20 from Wallace, Cooper & Elliott Insurance; an audiology contact through JR Consulting Services LLC for the next school year; Baraboo Sysco as the commodities purveyor for the 2019-20 school year; a budget adjustment for the middle school; an elementary Snack Pack for Backpacks program; and the donation of storage cabinets from the Doudna PTO to Doudna Elementary.