GREENCASTLE – Following an approval of the agenda, Thursday night’s Greencastle-Antrim School Board meeting began with the 2022-23 Local Auditor’s Report as presented by Kevin Stouffer from Smith Elliott Kearns & Co., LLC. Stouffer presented an unmodified audit opinion regarding the Board’s financial statements and expressed his conclusion that the statements are both accurate and reliable. However, this opinion does not apply to internal controls or any sort of fraud investigation. The general fund experienced a surplus, with revenues exceeding expenditures during this time.
The minutes for the meeting held on December 7th, 2023, as well as the Treasurer’s Reports for November of last year, were both approved.
The President’s Report included a reminder about the Board retreat set to take place on January 11th, as well as several elections for the coming year. Christopher Bonillas was elected as Board Treasurer from January 4-June 30, 2024, and Janon Gray was elected as Vice President for a one-year term.
The Superintendent’s Report consisted of several recommendations, including: acceptance of a 12th grade student as a tuition student for the 2nd semester of the 2023-24 school year; acceptance of the student discipline committee’s adjudication of a student discipline matter; and acceptance of no changes to the current Health and Safety Plan following its obligatory review. These three actions were unanimously approved, along with all personnel items subsequently presented.
The Board also approved a conference request, allowing Ginger Thompson and Nicole Tosten to attend the Annual PDE Conference taking place from February 28-March 1, 2024 at the Hershey Lodge. The conference, entitled Making a Difference: Education Practices that Work, will be centered around inclusive practices, family engagement, and best applications in math and reading. The cost was included in the special education budget.
The Chief Financial Officer’s report began with an approval of the invoices on the bills for the General Fund ($1,720,461.39) and Student Activity Fund ($464.80). Following this, the Local Auditor’s Report was accepted, and the committed portion of the fund balance for future capital projects was increased to $7,643,008.
Finally, the Board discussed a potential disposal of the 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe used by police security in the district. Bonillas expressed concern that the Board was giving up on a potential investment and opposed the action. The other Board members approved the disposal, asserting that the vehicle had served its purpose and was now too old and damaged to properly fix. The Chevrolet will be put through a public auction using Mason Dixon Auto Auction.