NESC trustees to vote n 2019-20 budget next week
With an eye toward the next year, the Northeast School Corp. Board of Trustees took steps Monday to approve a budget for 2019-20.
This year, the corporation is requesting a total budget of $11,490,755, as well as a property tax rate of 1.3571 percent per $100 of assessed valuation.
“It will get cut,” said NESC Superintendent Mark Baker. “We’re advertising high so that, when we get out AC certified … we want to make sure that we have too much there and they’ll cut it back to where we usually end up — versus, if we don’t have enough money in that line, they are going to give us as much money as we are able to get.”
By comparison, Baker said the corporation advertised a tax rate of 1.4714 percent for every 100 dollars of assessed valuation, which was later cut to .84 percent by the state when finally approved.
And the proposed 2018-19 budget of $11,573,441 was cut to $10,703,263 by the state.
The 2019-20 budget is the first to fall under a new Indiana law that transforms the corporation’s former general fund into the education fund and that combines the old capital projects, bus replacement and transportation funds into a single operations fund.
The education fund is covered through the state’s allotment of per-student money, while the operations fund pulls from property taxes.
This switch benefited NESC, which, earlier this year, had been considering closing at least one school in the face of continued funding loss due to low enrollment.
However, the new setup takes some expense formerly covered by the old general fund and places them under the purview of the new operations fund, meaning a drop in enrollment — and, therefore, less funding — would have a lessened impact.
In other business:
• The board approved use by a group putting on the Run for Rustin event, a 5K charity run that memorializes Rustin Rehmel.
Rehmel died after being attacked by her boyfriend Joshua T. Hall in August 2016 outside a Farmersburg bar.
Hall pleaded guilty to aggravated battery, a Level 3 felony, and involuntary manslaughter, a level 5 felony; and he was sentenced to 16 in prison.
• The trustees approved the following hires: Jackie Secrest, Northeast Middle School volleyball volunteer; Mickey Granby and Scott Johnson, fifth- and sixth-grade boys basketball leaders; Ryan Gilman, seventh- and eighth-grade boys basketball leader; J.J. Jennings, seventh- and eighth-grade boys basketball volunteer; Black Cessinger, North Central High School junior varsity boys basketball coach; Mark Lane, NCHS varsity assistant boys basketball coach; Shawn Drake, NCHS boys assistant basketball volunteer; Jeff Blansett, NEMS FCA sponsor; and Ashley Brunton, NCHS varsity girls basketball volunteer.