Seneca East hears positive financial report

ATTICA — Seneca East Board of Education received a year-end financial report during its meeting Monday night. Treasurer Laura Brickner said the district’s General Fund has increased from $756,000 five years ago to $4.1 million.

The increase is in addition to the Replacement Fund the board created.

“It is helpful to have a Replacement Fund in place to save up for new buses versus using funds from the General Fund,” Brickner said. She said each new bus costs the district around $90,000, and there has been an average of one bus purchased each year for the last few years. 

Brickner suggested adding a 4% surcharge to payments made to the district by credit card. She said when parents pay school fees, class trip expenses and other payments to the district, there is an extra expense to due to user fees from credit card companies. After concerns from some board members, Superintendent Laura Kagy said was planning to look into the legality of this fee before the next board meeting.

Kagy said the district was eager to launch the new Final Forms system for parents to submit paperwork. Instead of filling out paper forms for parent contact information, emergency release and other forms typically filled out at the beginning of the school year, parents can do this online. Kagy said videos to assist parents with the process will be presented during the open house events as the system is rolled out in the coming weeks. 

Kagy also said concrete sidewalks and spectator areas were added to the shot put and discus areas at the track to make the area more accessible, especially during wet weather. She said the first day of practice for fall sports is Aug. 1.

Kagy suggested using income generated by district-owned farmland to make the annual donation to the Attica Junior Fair Livestock sale.

“This would be a way to support the kids at the fair without using taxpayer dollars,” she said.

The board approved a $500 donation from the Farm Fund to the junior fair sale.

Board members also:

• Approved extending hours for the school nurse, moving her arrival time to 7:30 a.m.

• Approved volunteers for the football program and band program.

• Approved the elementary staff handbook, elementary student handbook and athletic handbook for the coming year. 

• Following executive session to discuss the negotiated agreement between the district and classified staff, the board approved the agreement from July 1 to June 30, 2022.

The next board meeting is 6:30 p.m. Aug. 19.