Chadron Public Schools

The Chadron School Board Monday approved the audit of the 2016-17 school year. The audit was presented as unmodified, with no significant findings.

The district took in more than $11.2 million in receipts, with just under half of it coming from state funds. Local property taxes generated $4.5 million for the district, and federal programs brought in $745,135. On the expense side, the district had $11.3 million in disbursements, including $4.4 million for regular instructional programs and $1.1 million for maintenance and building operations. Just over $950,000 was spent on special education programs, and nearly $740,000 on poverty programs.

Chadron Public Schools made debt service payments totaling $128,247 during the fiscal year and are projected to pay off another $140,600 in debt service this year. Those payments include a school renovation loan from 2013, an HVAC/energy loan from 2014, a building remodel loan and a school improvement contract, both from 2014, and a loan for the purchase of a new bus earlier this year.

According to the audit, debt service payments from now until 2037 will total $2.7 million.

Federal expenditures tallied $879,830. That covered special education, nutrition, Medicaid and other federal programs.

In other business, the board reviewed several policies, including the student fee policy. In its first reading, the fee policy includes a five-cent increase for meals and the addition of FFA to the list of clubs that may charge annual dues, which are not to exceed $30.

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The fee policy will be back before the board on second reading next month, with other changes possible. The policy committee has decided to incorporate tuition fees for out-of-state students into the fee policy but has yet to do so. State law allows districts to establish tuition for out-of-state students who wish to attend the school, and schools have approached the matter in different ways, said Superintendent Dr. Caroline Winchester. Some schools set the tuition at zero, while others ask for the per pupil cost of educating students.

High school Principal Jerry Mack said the district recently had an inquiry from a family in Hot Springs, S.D., and the policy would give guidance on how to handle similar requests for information.

The board is also continuing a discussion with the local affiliate of Nebraska Cattlemen on a Beef in the Classroom effort that would provide the district’s lunch program with locally sourced beef.

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