Royalton School Board takes steps in case of referendum

by Jennie Zeitler, Staff Writer


The Royalton School Board passsed a resolution Monday, declaring its intent to hold a referendum election in 2013.

“We don’t know for sure if we will have a referendum,” said Supt. Jon Ellerbusch, “but initial steps must be taken in case we do that.”

The Board does not yet know what the Legislature’s intentions are for funding the District.

“We have to pass this resolution prior to June 30 to keep the door open,” said Business Manager Mary Plante.

The vote authorizing the adoption of the resolution was 4-0. Director Tom Justin was absent.

The Board also approved the fiscal year 2014 budget for $8.704 million. The projected revenue is $8.717 million.

Food service prices will be increasing from 5 to 10 cents, a mandated change.

“The state will also be increasing meal reimbursement at 5 cents per meal,” said Plante.

By law, there must be a 2 percent increase in the amount spent on staff development.

“We just found out today that our insurance costs for property/liability and worker’s compensation are only increasing about 2 percent, instead of the 4 percent that was anticipated,” Plante said.

The budget allows for current staffing levels with the following additions: full-time agriculture, business and Spanish teachers, an additional full-time elementary teacher, a full-time social worker and a full-time special education/reading specialist.

Due to the busses being at capacity, one bus route will be added, Ellerbusch said.


Other business to come before the Royalton School Board Monday included:

• Authorizing May bill payment in the amount of $230,875.17;

• Hearing from High School Principal Joel Swenson that 97 runners participated in the First Nicole Kunkel Run. “I thought maybe we’d get $600-700, but more than $4,000 was raised,” Swenson said;

• Approving the hiring of Stephanie Burg, Patrick Ross, Elizabeth Wateland and Katie Boser as teachers;

• Approving the hiring of Margaret Simmonds as lead teacher for summer “My Afterschool Place” (MAP);

• Approving the hiring of Tabitha Chandler as a special education paraprofessional;

• Approving the hiring of Bob Bzdok, Jake Klosowski, Tresa Ringwelski, Troy Ringwelski, Michele Rudolph, Jennifer Psyck, John Walburn and Mel Yourczek as volunteer coaches;

• Accepting the resignation of teacher DesiRay Cary;

• Approving the continued participation by Meredith Posch in the Teacher Retirement Association part-time teacher program; and

• Accepting donations of $10,000 from General Mills Foundation for the rock climbing wall; $100 from Royalton Dairy Queen for the rock climbing wall; $150 from Poirier Trucking to sponsor two summer ball teams; $150 from Mulching Mania to sponsor two summer ball teams; $75 each from Main Street Salon, Anderson Alley Daycare, Pine Country Bank, Hovland Drywall and Scotty’s Exteriors to sponsor one summer ball team.

The next Board meeting will be Monday, July 15 at 6 p.m. at the high school.

The annual goal-setting meeting will be Monday, July 29 at 6 p.m.