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4* -Ki$ilI! ..... [it-V-iIUC LKCS CUIIStlUCtiuH pIujcct School district to make large payment on Oakland Bay Junior High School roof By EMILY HANSON emily@masoncounty, corn The Oakland Bay Junior High School roof is scheduled to be completed by the time school starts in September. Repairs to the rafter tails and beams in the Shelton Mini Dome and moss remov- al from Shelton High School building roofs. Might also be done be September. And the fastpitch field on the SHS campus should be ready to play on by spring 2015. Those high-budget mainte- nance projects were made pos- sible for the Shelton School District when it received high- er-than-expected funds from the state in April. Conservative enrollment estimates, along with a wind- fall of levy equilization funds the district received, have al- lowed Shelton School District administrators to budget for the projects. Shelton School District Su- perintendent Wayne Massie said the largest portion of the district's revenue comes from student enrollment. "We budgeted low for the 2013-2014 school year be- cause in previous years, we lost lots of kids and had to pay the state back," he said. With the extra money available, the district will move forward with projects, Massie said. "A lot of things we've been trying to do will be possible," he added. "It can help with all maintenance projects." That could include the pool, but work can't be done on the pool during the school year and the project hasn't gone out to bid, so plans to work on the pool haven't begun. The biggest project right now is the OBJH roof, Massie said. "We're replacing the entire roof, all the way down to the underlayment," he said. Repairs will also be made to the underlying steel, if needed. District Executive Director of Finance Brenda Trogstad said the general fund balance will go down dramatically by August, because the district is making a $1.1 million pay- ment on Oakland Bay's roof by the end of July. Every year, the school dis- trict must base its budget on an estimate of full-time equivalent (FTE) students. Each September through De- cember, the state pays the district based on its estimated student population. This year's estimate was "A lot of throngs we've been trying to do will be possible, it can help with aU maintenanceprojects" " Massie Wayne Massie, Shelton School District superintendent 3,944 students. In January, the state began paying the district for the ac- tual number of students en- rolled. Because Shelton aver- aged between 36 and 39 more students than its estimate for September through December, the state also reimbursed the district for the difference be- tween the district's estimate and its actual enrollment num- bers for those four months. "The state pays every school district a specific amount for every student that walks in the door," Massie said. For the Shelton School Dis- trict, that amount is about $5,600 per student. However, the amount varies throughout the year based on how many students are enrolled. At the school board meet- ing Tuesday, Massie said the general apportionment fund was at $703,535 and that it increased each month the dis- trict had higher than budgted FTE. Because the state pays the district based on actual en- rollment numbers from Janu- ary through June, the district began receiving more money. In March, the district's general fund balance was al- most $2 million. After the state's FTE pay- ment, levy equalization funds and people paying taxes in April, the district had a gen- eral fund balance of about $4.5 million. Trogstad said the state pays the levy equalization funds based on the calendar year January through December. Because the school district runs on a fiscal year from Sep- tember through August, the levy equalization funds are split between two school years. The purpose of the levy equalization funds are to re- duce the effect that above- average property tax rates might have on the school dis- trict's ability to raise money to supplement the state's ba- sic program of education. The money from levy equaliza- tion payments from the state equalize the property tax rates that individual taxpay- ers would pay for such levies and to provide tax relief to the taxpayers. Massie said the Shelton School District receives levy equalization money because it is a high-poverty school dis- trict. In April, the district re- ceived almost half of the levy equalization funds for 2014. On Tuesday evening, Mass- ie said the levy equalization fund balance in the district's budget was $259,417. Other large amounts in the budget that attributed to the increase were $134,000 for an energy rebate from the state, $397,345 general fund money that was budgeted but not spent and $243,047 from the state for the transportation allocation. "(The state) didn't pay us right away for our transpor- tation when they discovered they weren't funding coopera- tives properly," Massie said Tuesday evening. The school district's budget for the 2014-2015 school year is in the approval process. Massie said the budget has been sent to Educational Ser- vice District 113 for review. From there, the budget will go to the Office of the Superin- tendent of Public Instruction and then back to the Shelton School Board of Directors for final approval after a public hearing. The budget is slated to be approved in August. + the" OU together with MASON COUNTY p resen t 2014 Mason County Elections Monday, July 14, 2014 6:00.7:30 PM Olympic Middle School Commons 800 East K Street Shelton Below are the candidates and incumbents Who will ..... attend the candidate fbrum. Public Utility Dist. 3 Tom Farmer ..... Public Utility Dist. 3 State Representative, Kathy " State Representafivg. Pro. i" Jaalah Ro.eit State Repreaentative Pos. ,p... .+ " State Represetttative 2 + ..... Tmey Nmod State Senator .......- S/ Igeiae Bow State Sengtor .... i :L:Ttavis State Senator Tim Sheldon There is no ostt$ a end though hat you RSVP atthe Chamber office by calling (360) 426-2021 + or emailing info@sheito hamber.org. P I GRAYS HARBOR COUNTY FNRGROUNDS & RACEWAY 32 Elma McCleary Rd, Elma WA 9AM - 5PM SATURDAY & SUNDAY GATE ADMISSION $4 UNDER 12 FREE! t T Hosted by Antique Farm Engine & Tractor Assn. Show Manager Mike King (360) 2654294 Info. 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