The Palmyra R-1 Board of Education adopted its budget for the 2018-2019 school year at the June 12 meeting, reflecting an operating surplus of $292.

The Palmyra R-1 Board of Education adopted its budget for the 2018-2019 school year at the June 12 meeting, reflecting an operating surplus of $292.

The budget has total operating expenditures of $10,563,190 at an operating of $3.3480. This is the same levy used the previous school year and is a voluntary rollback of 40 cents from the highest operating levy.

Some highlights of this budget are a $750 increase to the base salary for teachers in addition to the $400 vertical step on the salary schedule for years of experience given to eligible teachers. Non-certified staff will receive a 2.269 percent raise in addition to their step as well.

The budget reflects the addition of a part time Dean of Students at the Middle School, not replacing a retired elementary school teacher, and the addition of a special education teacher at the middle school. The cost of employee health insurance increased approximately 9 percent.

Capital improvements of approximately $916,000 include new HVAC and control system at the middle school, replacement of the High School small gym doors, purchasing of cafeteria tables, a utility vehicle, a driver’s education car, and a school bus.

In other business:

• Morgan Ramey, Director of Nutrition Services, reported to the Board on the Food Service Program. She reported participation rates continue to rise throughout the district.

• Lora Hillman reported to the board on the district’s Title I program.

• The board agreed to utilize First Choice Physical Therapy for Athletic Training services at all home Varsity athletic events, except for football. Dr. Gina Pontius and Kim Bunten, Priority Physical Therapy, will continue to provide services at Varsity football games.

• The board reviewed the final Clarence Cannon Conference Sportsmanship results for the 2017-2018 school year. Palmyra athletes, coaches and fans scored very high for the year, with an overall rating of 4 out of 4.

• The Palmyra R-1 School Board approved joining the North Central Missouri Conference (NCMC) as an affiliate member for those sports that are not conference sports in the Clarence Cannon Conference. Becoming an affiliate member will allow student-athletes to compete for conference titles and all-

conference recognition. Affiliate members are non-voting members of the conference. NCMC Affiliate Membership will begin with the 2019-2020 school year.