Sheridan County School District 2 board of trustees received a clean audit report and heard construction updates on Meadowlark elementary school at their regular meeting Monday night.
Jim Dodson with Porter Muirhead, Corina & Howard, CPA's told the board that the audit report returned no significant errors worth reporting, financial statements were fair to present and district policies and procedures in place to ensure protection of District financial assets are well-designed and are operating effectively. This is a credit to district business manager Roxie Taft and the business office, Dodson said.
He added that district revenues and expenditures show a healthy pattern during the past 11 years. District revenues increased above expenses during that time at 88.5 percent and 78.8 percent, respectively. School District 2 expenses largely go toward salaries and benefits - they spent about $25 million on salaries and $9.5 million on benefits, which accounted for 86 percent of their General Fund in FY 2011.
Meadowlark Elementary Construction: Also at the meeting the board approved a request to bid to advertise for fixtures, furnishing and equipment for Meadowlark school. Old furnishing for Meadowlark school were moved to the temporary school just as the case was when Woodland Park school was rebuilt. District 2 Facilities Director Julie Carroll said that they take the best and newest from the old school and reuse it in the new one, and purchase furnishings from there.
Board member Hollis Hackman asked if the District is attempting to be as “green” as possible when purchasing new furnishings. Carroll responded that they definitely take it into account but sometimes, being in Wyoming, those types of products tend to be more expensive. She said they should begin advertising later this month.
Regarding construction of Meadowlark school, exterior masonry work, the roof and interior stud framing are 95 percent complete. Drywall is being hung on the first floor and that work will be underway for the next six weeks. The building is on schedule for completion in August. Meadowlark staff will tour the facility on January 20, and that will be followed by a board tour.
New Buses: The board also approved the purchase of three new buses in the amount of $306,750. Two regular buses and one wheelchair-accessible one will be purchased.