PR School District has clean audit
By Anna Erickson
The Park Rapids Area School District received a positive audit for the 2012-13 school year.
Dean Birkeland, an accountant with Carlson Highland Certified Public Accountants, presented the audit at Monday’s School Board meeting.
“The audit went very well,” Birkeland said. “We had very few, if any adjustments. That’s really good from an auditing standpoint.”
He praised the work of Business Manager Carol Hutchinson and Superintendent Lance Bagstad for their work.
The school district’s proposed budget and actual budget had very small changes, which means that the district is right on target, Birkeland said.
The district saw increases in fund balances for the food service fund and community education fund.
The food service fund balance increased from $177,562 in 2011 to $249,513 in 2013.
The community education fund balance increased from a negative $41,559 in 2011 to a positive balance of $83,354 in 2013.
The district has also increased its overall fund balance dramatically from 2009.
In 2013, the total fund balance was $5,267,963 compared to $1,630,376 in 2009.
Revenues come primarily from local property tax levies, state and federal sources. Expenditures primarily go to direct instruction.
The Government Finance Officers Association recommends an unassigned fund balance in the general fund of no less than two months (16.67 percent) of regular general fund operating expeditures. The Park Rapids Area School District 2013 balance represents 16.5 percent of operating expenditures so is about at the recommendation.
The school board approved the audit.
In other business, the school board:
n Approved the retirement of Kevin Dotson as bus driver with regret and thanks for 24 years of dedication to the students of Park Rapids Area Schools.
n Approved supervisor/director contracts for Buildings and Grounds, Community Education, Food Service, Network Systems Administrator, Special Education, Transportation and Central Office Personnel.
They will receive a new healthcare plan beginning next year along with a 1 percent salary increase the first year and .5 percent increase the second year.
n Recognized the state girls tennis participants and coaches.
n Approved the 2012-13 Curriculum, Instruction and Student Achievement report.
n Approved the 2013-14 PAWN Special Education MOU.
n Approved the 2013-14 Park Rapids Area Schools and Park Rapids Hockey Association Girls Hockey Agreement and MOU.
n Approved the 2013-14 PRAS/Walker Hackensack Akeley Area Schools and PRAHA/WHA Agreement and MOU.
n Approved hiring Colleen Hoscheid as middle school secretary at four hours per day.
n Approved the resignation of Sue Sumner as 8th Hour assistant.
n Approved hiring Patricia Nyhus as a cooks helper.
n Approve posting for an ECSE paraprofessional position at 12 hours per week.
n Approved hiring Kim Warne as 8th Hour Assistant.
n Approved hiring Beverly Sleen as a para.
n Approve the resignation of Carter Tyk as Assistant Boys Hockey Coach.
n Approve several new coaching positions, including Brad Smith as Assistant Girls Hockey Coach, Erik Myhre as Volunteer Girls Hockey Coach, Jessica Wattenhofer as Volunteer Gymnastics coach, Jeannette Dudley as Volunteer Gymnastics Supervisorr, Shane McComas as 8th Grade Boys Basketball Coach, Sandy Aldrich as Volunteer Speech Coach.