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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Preliminary budget presented to school board

  • The Newburg School District Board of Education Tuesday evening approved a preliminary acceptance of the 2014-15 school year budget.
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  • The Newburg School District Board of Education Tuesday evening approved a preliminary acceptance of the 2014-15 school year budget.
    According to District Superintendent John Westerman the proposed budget includes a surplus of $101,448. He hopes that much of the money will be used for step increases for teachers.  
    "You never want to not give a step increase to teachers," said Westerman, "because if you don't, it is such a morale buster to the teachers who have come to expect it. "
    Related to the budget, Westerman said one of the struggles that the school district has to deal with is the dwindling federal education dollars.
    "When I came here six years ago we were receiving $117,000. Now we are getting $94,000," Westerman explained. “That’s the kind of things that are hurting us."
    In other business
    • Elementary School Principal Russ Mudd is putting together a walk with the president program. The idea is to have students meet at the bus stops and walk to school. It would help in documenting the Safe Route to School grant which the district applied for.
    • The board accepted the resignation of Peggy Baker, high school librarian.
    • There was some discussion on petitioning the phone company for better Internet service in the Newburg area. The monthly tech report explained that in Doolittle, there is a fiber-optic high-speed  connection, but between Doolittle and Newburg the connection becomes copper, thus causing slow and spotty Internet service.
    • Brittney Pelican was approved as a first-grade teacher for the 2014-15 school year.
    • Kent Burke, who has been on the school board for six years and who is retiring, was recognized for his service.

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