GHV board adopts budget for FY18

By Rebecca Peter

GARNER – The Garner-Hayfield-Ventura Board of Education approved an $18.4 million budget for fiscal 2017-18. The annual budget hearing was April 10. Williams said that the school district budget is in good shape.

Superintendent Tyler Williams noted that $300,000 was cut from the budget for FY18, “but the cuts were done through attrition.”

“We took advantage of some early retirements and some shuffling of teachers to make this happen,” he said. “The reason for the slight increase in the levy had to with at-risk fund and a special education deficit.”

Property tax askings for the FY18 total $5.2 million compared to $4.9 million for the current budget year. The tax levy rate for FY18 is $10.19519 per $1,000 assessed valuation.

Condolences

The regular meeting of the school board followed the budget hearing. Superintendent Williams and board members prefaced the meeting by extending condolences to the Forest City School and Mason City School Districts. Accidents recently claimed the lives of students in both districts.

“It can be any school at any given time,” Williams said.

The board heard reports from Matt Graham, high school athletic director, and Alex Bohl, junior high athletic director. Both shared budget information, numbers of students out for sports, equipment/uniforms purchases, and future program needs.

Graham said that about 80 percent of the high school student body participates in sports GHV. The number of students participating in soccer continues to increase, but it has had an impact on the number of students going out for track.

Read the complete story in the April 19 Leader.