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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Board needs more time to adopt budget

  • The Newburg High School library was full of teachers and staff on Thursday night eager to hear the news on the school district's 2013-14 approved budget.
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  • The Newburg High School library was full of teachers and staff on Thursday night eager to hear the news on the school district's 2013-14 approved budget.
    However, they will have to wait at least another week for the finalized version.
    After going several hours beyond its scheduled meeting time, the district's board of education voted in a closed door executive session to hold a special session next Thursday, July 25, to finalize some of the finer details for the new budget.
    Those details included:
    • How to handle the reduction in state funds that the district will receive in comparison to last year's budget.
    • How to accommodate a drop in federal revenues by $58,000.
    • How to deal with the addition of a behavioral disorder classroom at the high school for around a dozen students to the arrival of a group home coming to Newburg.
    • The need for new textbooks and software to replace outdated materials that do not meet the new common core standards.
    Superintendent of Newburg Schools John Westerman and the board will also deal with some staffing changes that have occurred over the summer months.
    The board accepted the resignation of the longtime tech director Bill Towns, who has accepted a similar position in the Crocker School District.
    The tech assistant has moved into that position and the assistant position has been eliminated.
    Two district teachers will not be returning on their own volition and according to Westerman neither position will be refilled.
    Instead, the board plans to reorganize faculty to cover these duties.
    A Newburg bus driver has resigned and the district is combining three routes into one, eliminating one route and one bus.
    And finally the Newburg school calender will be reduced from their planned 1,080 hours to 1,044 which is the minimum amount of classroom time required by the state.
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