Sunday, February 24, 2013
Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer offers opinions on issues affecting the residents of the 3rd District.
(Following is the weekly newsletter from State Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-St. Elizabeth, MO. The opinions expressed in the column are those of Rep. Luetkemeyer and do not necessarily reflect the views of St. Peters Patch. —Ed.) The president and the Senate have had months to show how they plan to replace the devastating, across-the-board cuts in the president’s sequester with responsible spending and reforms. They have failed, and on March 1 the president’s $85 billion worth of sequester cuts that affect our national defense and domestic programs go into effect. There is no doubt that the sequester was the president’s idea and I, along with my Republican colleagues in the House, have twice voted to replace sequestration in the last …
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
The Board of Education approved the raises at the July meeting.
Thanks to a positive budget projections, teachers and staff in the Fort Zumwalt School District will be getting raises. With a 7-0 vote during the July meeting, the Board of Education lifted a salary freeze. Teachers and support staff will get an average raise of 2.6 percent. Certified administrators will receive a 1.5 percent raise. Chief Financial Officer Jeff Orr said the increase in pay increase will total about $2.5 million. According to to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Orr said the money is offset because the district is saving that much in salaries from more than 100 retirements this year. A special incentive this year offered teachers nine years of health benefits. In the next year, the health benefits drops to six years. Fort …
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
The Francis Howell School District is facing a deficit of nearly $2.4 million in the operating funds for the 2012-13 school year.
Unless it gets some unexpected revenue, Francis Howell will be losing money for the 2012-13 school year. The Howell Board of Education voted on June 21 to approve the proposed budget for the ensuing school year. According to budget documents, Howell is facing a deficit of nearly $2.4 million in the operating funds. The budget passed with a 5-1 vote. Board member Eric Seider was absent from the meeting and board member Mike Hoehn voted against the proposal. "It's very difficult to accept the budget with deficit spending," Hoehn said. "Its not balanced at all." The vote on the budget ends weeks of debate from the board. Chief Financial Officer Kevin Supple has been telling the district for some time that deficit spending would be in the …
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Projections in the final budget have the district facing a deficit of $2.4 million in the operating funds.
The Francis Howell Board of Education will have one more meeting before the 2011-12 school year comes to a close at the end of June. The board will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at the administration building. After spend the last two meetings debating a budget for the next school year, the board will vote to approve the 2012-13 budget during Thursday's meeting. With declining revenue, Howell is staring at a deficit budget for the upcoming year. Projections in the final budget have the district facing a deficit of $2.4 million in the operating funds. Declining revenue from property taxes and state and federal funds have combined with increasing revenue have caused the deficit. During previous budget discussions conversation has frequently …
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
The Fort Zumwalt School District predicts a small $44,000 surplus for the 2012-13 school year.
A budget proposal for the 2012-13 school year has the Fort Zumwalt School District with a surplus. Barely. Zumwalt's Chief Financial Officer Jeff Orr presented a draft of the budget for the upcoming school year during Monday meeting of the board. Revenue projections, combined with expense projections, for the new year have the district operating with a balanced budget and actually producing a surplus. The surplus, however, is minimal. Orr's report has the surplus at $44,000, attributing the money to projected increases in expenses. While slim, the surplus margin beats the alternative of losing money—something Zumwalt is all too familiar with. The current fiscal year, set to end on the last day of June, found the district with a deficit …
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Projections for the 2012-13 school year have the Francis Howell school district operating in the red.
The Francis Howell Board of Education took another step toward approving a budget for the 2012-13 school year. Following a work session in May to take a deeper look at the numbers, the board had the first reading of the proposed budget during its June 7 meeting. Chief Financial Officer Kevin Supple prepared the board to operate in the red during the work session, and the proposed budget shows just that. The General (Incidental) and Special Revenue (Teachers’) Funds budget proposal shows Francis Howell running short $1,914,216. Supple has frequently given budget projections showing that, with a decrease in state funding and property taxes combined with an increase in salaries and other expense, the district would soon be faced with deficit …
Thursday, May 17, 2012
The Francis Howell Board of Education will look at an early budget for next year, and projections for years to come at Thursday's meeting.
A budget workshop is on the agenda for Thursday night's Francis Howell Board of Education meeting. With the school year winding down, attention is already being focused on the next year. Because of the shift in focus, Howell Chief Financial Officer Kevin Supple will lead a workshop on that state of the Francis Howell budget. Supple's presentation, posted on the Board Docs portion of the Francis Howell website, will be broken down into three sections. A look back at the current financial situation, a look at the upcoming budget and a preview of what to expect down the road. The board will take another look at the funding formula for Missouri and the challenges it presents—namely that the state hasn't increased funding for K to 12 …
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Less than a month before the start of the new school year, the Fort Zumwalt Board of Education was given summary reports of the past year from it's administrative leaders, but made no major changes to its recently discussed student ID policy.
The administrative staff of the Fort Zumwalt School District presented its end of year department summaries to the board of education at Monday's regular session. Superintendent Dr. Bernard DuBray highlighted some of the notable accomplishments of his team. He cited administration’s efforts to slash the district's budget deficit, which was reduced from $8.9 million to a final tally of $5.2. The district also successfully negotiated a two-year salary deal with teachers, parents, parent educators and nurses—along with bus drivers and support staff through next year. Fort Zumwalt school district voters in St. Charles County passed an $18.5-million bond issue with nearly 67 percent of the vote. All-day kindergarten was a big hit, too, he said…
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
St. Charles residents celebrate Independence Day during the 2011 Riverfest Fourth of July parade, carnival, and other activities.
Residents took the long weekend to celebrate Independence Day in St. Charles. Due to budget cuts, the carnival was one of the few activities held on Friday through Sunday. The carnival also was moved from it's usual location in Frontier Park to Riverside Drive. City officials were concerned about flooding at the park, so they closed off South Riverside Drive for the carnival booths and rides. The events also featured fireworks and live music. This year’s first place parade float winners: Tango Argentina also won the award for the most patriotic booth.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
School officials say cutting positions through attrition will help balance the $217.8 million 2011-12 budget.
While much of the district enjoys a well-deserved summer break, the Fort Zumwalt School District Board of Education received a draft version of the $218.7 million budget for the 2011-12 school year, and approved a number of action items affecting the coming school year, including food suppliers and lunch prices. At the board's meeting Monday, District Superintendent Dr. Bernard DuBray said that with the proposed financial plan, the district had a fighting chance of balancing its budget--a position that was hard to imagine just a few years earlier. “We started this past year with a deficit of $8.9 million, and we’re going to finish at somewhere around $4 million, so we cut that during the year, which is not an easy task,” DuBray said. “…