Bismarck School Board approves funding for 20 additional teachers

Apr 24, 2018

“We have decided we’re only doing 1.2 (percent) because you’ve decided as a board many years ago that our taxpayers can’t pay the burden”, Toleson said.

About $54 million in the budget would bankroll employee salaries and benefits.

To stay inside the 2-percent cap, the amount to be raised by taxes should have been $74.8 million, but the budget calls for an increase to $75.9 million.

Closing the two schools will affect 1.5 percent of the district’s student population, who will be moving into nearby, revamped magnet schools, which will be educationally beneficial, Hamm said.

The proposed budget is almost $327,000 more than the $26.2 million budget from the current academic year, and represents an increase of about 1.25 percent.

“We know it’s a time when the district ending fund balance is low, we’re not expecting a huge uplift from the Legislature and so we really went to what is critical, and it’s highly skilled teachers in front of students”, Bismarck Public Schools Superintendent Tamara Uselman told board members.

“We’re in negotiations right now”, she said, “so pending positive outcomes”.

Koch has served as the board president for three years.

“The old textbooks weren’t meeting our needs”, Tarr said, adding that the French textbooks are published by EMC Publishing LLC, the same company that provides the school system with Spanish and German textbooks. The other eight schools have decreases under $100,000. He is looking at lease agreements, district owned buildings, and schools that have high per pupil costs to find savings.

The four candidates running for two seats on the Westside school board will answer questions on district issues at a forum Tuesday night.

“Losing good teachers is an enormous social capital deficit”, he said.

The district’s share will be $56,000 more than in years past, but it is much less than the $390,000 it would have cost the district had there been no revisions. The committees will continue to work in the fall with hopes of a final report of findings to the board by November, she said.

The district received $10.77 million from the province in 2017 to purchase 38 of the 50 required portables, as well as relocating and refurbishing three more, and renovating 21 classrooms.

She said she did not want to see programming hurt for the students.

Vicky Carter Johnson tells First News via telephone that she voted for Samuel Estrada because she was impressed with his background in ministry and Estrada would bring more diversity to the board she said.

Although the details for the sponsor signage is still being finalized, the Grand View Health sign at the stadium entrances will probably be similar to its sign at the Pennridge High School stadium, which GVH also sponsors, Stone said.

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