The Harlan Community School Board of Directors held a public hearing on Tuesday, with regard to a proposed amendment to the 2013-2014 budget. After the hearing, during which there were no comments from the public, Superintendent Justin Wagner told the board there are two main items that caused the amendment.
“The two big reasons is because of the Merrill Field project. At the time we weren’t sure if it would take off, well it did. The vast majority is money outside the school district. The track will come out of the school dollars and some installation cost. So 90 percent or more is coming out of the Foundation but that has to go through the school district budget. The second reason is because of the air handlers. Those are also PPEL dollars, planned dollars. The bid came in about $100,000 under bid of what we had set aside but it has to be in the budget.”
The amended budget will be brought back at the next school board meeting on June 9th for final adoption. In other business, the school board had several resignations and employment of personnel. High School Social Studies teacher and coach of 9th grade football, middle school basketball and middle school track Dan Hoch resigned as well as middle school wrestling coach Mike Wiederin and High School Assistant Coach Curt Bladt. Bladt was then hired for the position of middle school wrestling coach. In the other employment items, Heath Stein will be a shared PE teacher with Shelby County Catholic School and Marcus Streit is taking the position of High School Assistant Wrestling coach.
After the meeting, Superintendent Justin Wagner spoke about the 2013-2014 Graduating class. If you recall, last year the Harlan Community School District Administrators challenged the graduating class to give back one final time. The seniors did just that by giving money to Wagner during the diploma ceremony with money going to the Wounded Warrior Project.
This year, Wagner says the students gave to a different cause. “They’re going to give to local families in need. There is a broad spectrum there and I think we get a good sense at the school of who needs it and when. That is a great resource available and we will give the money out until it is gone. And I thought the kids coming up with that idea to keep it local was a great idea. You know there are a lot of things we can give too outside the community but there are a lot of families in the area that need help. I was really proud of them.”
Wagner said this year’s senior class will double their donation money. “They doubled their amount of money that they gave by the way. Nine hundred thirty six dollars was the total given by the seniors and that will be matched twice by anonymous donors which is great.”