Bond projects approved

Hastings School Board on Wednesday, May 23, approved the following bids for bond projects:

• Exterior lighting for multiple sites: Laketown Electric Corporation - $238,000

• Districtwide camera project: Brothers Fire & Security - $167,162

• High School building automation replacement: HumeraTech - $678,460

• High School and Pinecrest Elementary chiller replacement: Pioneer Power - $748,500

• High School track resurfacing: Bituminous Roadways, Inc. - $282,750

• High School and McAuliffe Elementary parking improvements: FPI Paving Contractors - $1,074,285

Adopted budget passed

By unanimous vote, the board approved the 2018-19 adopted budget.

Business Director Kim Frey said with student numbers steady, the district will see revenue increase $2.2 million from the 2017-18 budget.

"It will never be higher than this," Frey said, adding there could be some adjustments made to the revised budget.

There also was an increase in the expenditure budget over last year of $669,271.

"So the net change in the budget was an increase of $1.5 million," Frey said.

In other news ...

• With the retirement of Business Director Kim Frey on the horizon, Superintendent Tim Collins said he hopes to restructure the district finance positions to better align positions with responsibilities.

• The board unanimously voted to keep meal prices the same in the district. A positive fund balance allowed the district to cover the increase in food prices and keep prices unchanged, Collins said.

• Employee group contracts - which include health services, paraprofessional, technology support and individual business office - were passed with little discussion.

• The board also approved the retirements of high school teacher Jan Hanson, McAuliffe Elementary student assistant Peg Rother and middle school teacher Janet Zuzek along with 12 new hires - including Kovach - and 10 resignations. Georgi Majeski's employment was terminated as well.

Meeting watch

The board meeting lasted approximately one hour before the board went into a closed session to discuss principal negotiations.

Clerk Russ Rohloff was not at the meeting.

The board's next meeting, a work session, is scheduled for Wednesday, June 6.

- compiled by John Russett, staff writer