The Skyline Board of Education approved the budget for the 2018-2019 school year.

The USD 438 budget was approved Aug. 13 with total expenditures set at just over $8 million and a decrease in the mill levy of 0.836 mills. The budget was based on a student population of 410.

The Board of Education unanimously approved the budget. Board member Jeff Slade was not present at the meeting.

After years of service, the moveable bleachers on the west side of the gym have worn out and have to be replaced. The dollies have worn out and replacements are no longer being made. The board approved $120,000 for Kansas Contract Design for the project.

Because it takes some time to take down the old bleachers and put the new bleachers together plus the gym floor can’t be used for one week of the construction time, the project is tentatively set for Christmas break. If they wait till spring break, they have less time and the price will go up.

The new bleachers will be plastic and there will be one less row of seats. Dollies on the bleachers have to roll across the transition from tile to the gym floor and that added to the wear and tear on the bleachers and was not good for the gym floor. One dolly broke a few days before graduation in May and maintenance had to scramble to get it repaired.

Discussions are underway on what to do with the wood and metal from the bleachers.

Skyline received an excellent report for the district audit. Randy Ford of Busby Ford & Reimer, certified public accountants, said the district was in good financial condition and gave the district a clean or unmodified opinion that means there were no problems.

Flowers presented the district redesign plan to the State Board of Education on Wednesday, Aug. 15. She feels confident the plan will fulfill the dream of the district to provide an education that includes: positive team culture; meaning full learning; real world experience.

“We want every kid to survive. We want to help them discover what they want to do (in life),” Flowers said.

All schools face a unique challenge. They have to prepare students to become learners so they can go out into the world and get jobs that don’t exist yet, Flowers said.

District patron Dwane DeWeese has been visiting with the Pratt County Commission to share some of the funds received from the new wind farm with school districts and Pratt Community College where DeWeese is on the Board of Trustees. He wants each to receive $150,000.

A wish list from Skyline for the money would be a welding shop to make more room in the wood working. Also, there was concern about if the district did get $150,000 from the county, would it impact state funding for the district. If those funds were made available and were put in capital outlay, it would not impact state funding, Flowers said.

Principal Herb McPherson said class scheduling was done and students would have to be flexible as they adjust to the new schedule.

“It’s going to be like building a plane was we go,” McPherson said. “It’s a new learning curve.”

On the regular monthly bills, Superintendent Becca Flowers said the capital outlay balance was high but the district has several projects in the works to account for those numbers. The Board approved the purchase of a passenger vehicle for under $20,000. They also approved $19,500 for roof repairs over the band room and FACS room.

The bill for repairs to the gym floor was $14,000. Upgrading teachers computers will run from $17,000 to $18,000 and that is an every year expense on a rotation basis, Flowers said.

Other activity by the Board. The Board approved the following:

Resignations:

Custodian Cindy Dannebohm and bus driver Melissa Price.

Approved contracts:

Kim Lee for middle school assistant volleyball coach.

Lori Anschutz for middle school head volleyball coach.

Brad Pagenkopf for driver’s education.

Brian Atteberry for bus driver.

Maggie Patrick for bus driver.