Decreasing enrollment means decreasing budget

Board looks three years ahead

Staff reporter

The impact of a declining enrollment in the Hillsboro school district was discussed Jan. 14 by school officials and board members.

Enrollment numbers and/or hours dictate the amount of state funds the school district receives each year. A decreased enrollment means decreased operating funds for the district.

USD 410 board members reviewed information presented from the district's leadership team.

A spreadsheet, compiled by board clerk Jerry Hinerman, revealed changes in the district's general fund from 2008 to 2011.

From fiscal year 2008 to 2009, a decrease of $141,785 was predicted. The FTE (full-time equivalency) enrollment for 2010 is estimated at 560 but in 2011 the estimate is only 547.

In all, decreases in the general and supplemental funds are significant.

By 2011, the decrease in the general and supplemental funds could be more than $550,000.

In other business:

— The contract for interim superintendent Doug Huxman was extended another school year for 2008-09.

— A contract with Coonrod and Associates Construction Co., Inc. was approved for $3,590,476, for projects at HHS and HES.

— As part of the consent agenda, the board accepted donations from Irv Schroeder County Motors, $17, for FFA dairy plaques; Greenhaw Pharmacy, $20, for Toys for Tots campaign which is sponsored by Hillsboro High School TSA organization; Hillsboro Leo Club, $200, and Hillsboro Evening Lions Club, $800, for Hillsboro Elementary School After-School programs; Hillsboro Middle School Site Council, $1,324 for a microscope for Hillsboro Middle School science department; Bob Sextro, $500, for HHS; and Bob Sextro, $2,500, for C.M. Sextro Scholarship Fund.