Board to discuss financial reports

By Bethany Knipp

Members of the Manhattan-Ogden USD 383 school board will discuss their 2013-14 financial reports at a 6:30 p.m. meeting on Wednesday.

The reports of expenditures and balances come near the end of the fiscal year. According to agenda information, appropriations for the district were $37,850,538 for the general fund and $11,347,700 for the supplemental general fund.

The general fund is supported by money appropriated by the Kansas Legislature and local taxes. The supplemental general fund is paid for locally. The funds for the district’s day-to-day operations, including salaries, textbooks, supplies and utilities.

As of May 31, the general fund had a balance of $6 million and the supplemental general fund had a balance of $964,000. The balance reports could change, though, as the fiscal year officially ends June 30.

Board members also will consider a request to spend $34,860 on 70 iPads, along with AppleCare protection and one Bretford PowerSync Cart. The school district has been purchasing iPads in the last few years for professional development and for student use.

In the summer of 2013, the district purchased 300 iPad 4s with AppleCare, which cost $182,400.

Keith Noll, director of maintenance and facilities for USD 383, also will ask the board to consider acoustic wall panel improvements for the Lee Elementary School cafeteria, the Northview Elementary School gymnasium, the Ogden Elementary School cafeteria and gym and the Woodrow Wilson Elementary School cafeteria and gym.

The $45,200 project would install Tectum wall panels to reduce noise. Tectum is a wood fiber designed for sound absorption. The panels are able to withstand the impact of thrown or kicked balls that students would play with in gyms.

Trinium Inc. of Manhattan has placed a bid for the project.

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