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Hannibal School Board unveils $40.07 million balanced budget

Assistant Superintendent Maria Mundle, who is retiring from the Hannibal School District, received a plaque Wednesday night from Hannibal School Board President Mark Bross recognizing her 29 years of service. | H-W Photo/Edward Husar
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Jun. 20, 2019 12:01 am Updated: Jun. 20, 2019 9:14 am

HANNIBAL, Mo. -- The Hannibal School Board on Wednesday unveiled a tentative budget indicating the district is in solid shape financially as it approaches the 2019-20 fiscal year.

The proposed spending plan presented by Superintendent Susan Johnson shows projected expenses of $38.37 million and projected revenues of $40.07 million, producing a positive balance of $1.7 million.

Johnson said the district's rosy financial outlook was aided by the Missouri Legislature, which approved a $61.4 million increase in the state aid foundation formula benefiting K-12 public schools. On top of that, she said, the Legislature bumped up school transportation reimbursements statewide by about $10 million.

"Those things will all come in handy," she said.

The district's proposed budget includes 3.2% raises for support staff and 2% raises for certified staff and administrators, who also will receive incremental pay bumps based on their years of experience and levels of education.

In other action Wednesday, the board agreed to keep school lunch prices unchanged next year. Lunches each will cost $2.05 at the elementary schools and $2.55 at the middle school and high school. Breakfast prices also will remain unchanged at $1.15 each at the elementary schools and $1.65 at the middle school and high school.

The district ordinarily would have been faced with 10-cent hike in lunch prices next year because of a federal rule that requires districts to adjust prices higher if they charge less than $2.75 for meals. However, Business Manager Rich Stilley said Hannibal had a positive balance of $44,000 in its nonprofit food service account as of Jan. 31, which qualifies the district to receive an exemption.

Johnson reported that the district has filled all of its teaching positions for the 2019-20 school year with the exception of a physical science slot at the high school and a special ed position at Eugene Field Elementary School.

Likewise, all coaching positions have been filled for next year except for eighth-grade girls basketball and ninth-grade football.

Stilley said construction is moving along on schedule this summer with a series of heating, ventilation and air conditioning and control system upgrades in several buildings along with districtwide security and safety improvements, and the replacement of windows, doors, lighting systems, plumbing and electrical services. The work is being financed with a $14.5 million bond issue approved by voters.

"It's really starting to come together," Stilley said.

The work is slated to be finished by Aug. 15.

Assistant Superintendent Maria Mundle reported that six students were retained in their current grades at the end of the 2018-19 school year. The retentions involved three kindergarten students, one first-grader and two third-graders.

Mundle said school personnel and the families of the children agreed on the decisions to hold back the students.

She said retaining six is "typical for our size of school district."

Mundle, who is retiring at the end of this fiscal year, was given a plaque recognizing her 29 years of service. Likewise, Assistant Principal Darin Powell, who also is retiring, was recognized for his 23 years of service.

Many Hannibal students also were recognized by the board for their accomplishments this past year academically, in athletics or in other extracurricular activities.

The board discussed making some changes to the various Hannibal Pirate logos used by the district. Johnson presented several proposed versions that will be sent back to a committee before the final versions are adopted.

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