Turner cashing in on growth

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TOWN OF BELOIT - The School District of Beloit Turner's proposed budget of $16.484 million for the next school year is about $400,000 less than this past year's unaudited total.

In the proposed budget, the district also is expected to generate more revenue from open enrollment than local taxes.

Board members approved the preliminary budget on Monday.

The district is expecting to net $3.274 million in revenue from property taxes for the next school year and $3.5 million for students open enrolling into the district.

According to last year's unaudited numbers, the district netted about $3.569 million in taxes and $3.425 million in its open enrollment program for the 2018-2019 school year.

Brad Boll, director of business services, said the district has continued to net more open enrollment revenue each year while property tax revenue continues to fluctuate.

Boll said the district predicts a marginal increase in state aid from the 2018-2019 unaudited total of $8.29 million to $8.3 million in 2019-2020.

Boll said the district conservatively projects its revenue before creating proposed expenditures. In terms of expenditures, the biggest change would be a decrease of $3.613 million in 2018-2019 for business administration to $2.73 million in 2019-2020. Boll said business administration expenditures include building and grounds, transportation and food service. He attributes this decrease to the district being caught up on maintenance projects. He said the district also mostly is using referendum dollars to cover current construction work, which includes redoing the middle/high school gym floor and bleachers and installing secure entrances at two out of the district's three buildings.

The school board will finalize its budget in October.

Also during Monday's meeting the board reviewed Superintendent Dennis McCarthy's evaluation process. Board president John Turner said McCarthy will submit his evaluation in July, and the board will convene a committee to relay feedback to McCarthy later that month.

The evaluation method is essentially a self-evaluation by the superintendent with input from some board members.

The new method had McCarthy draft goals for himself in August. In the middle of the year and again at the end of the year, he then evaluates how well he addressed those goals.

Last year was the first year the board switched to this new evaluation tool after the previous model was criticized for being too subjective.

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