No 2017 taxes being held in escrow

It wasn't that long ago that the Hannibal public school district's financial state had district officials wringing their hands. During an evaluation of finances at the Oct. 18 board of education meeting a brighter picture was presented by Superintendent Susan Johnson.

District reserves have grown from 3.72 percent in 2014-15, to 8.3 percent in 2015-16, to 15.52 percent in 2016-17.

“Our reserves have gone up,” she said. “They're not where they need to be, but we're much, much closer.”

Among the other highlights cited by Johnson was the $1 million in new Prop C monies that can be used for operations.

Johnson reported that unlike recent years, the school district has determined that no 2017 taxes are being held in escrow in either Ralls or Marion counties.

In assessing the district's finances Johnson gave it an “average” rating. Board member Michael Holliday suggested that because of improvements that are being seen Johnson may have been too conservative with her rating.

In other business:

• Oakwood Elementary students and teachers joined Principal Denise Hudson in explaining how technology is integrated into the school day.

• Darin Powell, assistant superintendent, said parent-teacher conferences will take place Oct. 23 through Oct. 26.

• Maria Mundle, assistant superintendent, provided a summary of highlights from the Sept. 29 professional development day and the Oct. 4 early release day.

• Powell reported that the district's substitute teacher pool stood at 82 as of Oct. 13 and the fill rate for the school year is 99.64 percent.

• Johnson said she “couldn't be more pleased” with the PATCH Center. In September, 70 students visited the center for sickness, physicals or immunizations. Counseling services were provided approximately 18 students. Health-care services were provided 36 faculty and staff.

• A special board of education was scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8, for the selection of a new board member.

• Bus routes for 2017-18 were approved. Rich Stilly, business manager, reported that 1,446 miles are logged daily on routes alone.

• Approval was given the A+ agreement.


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