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Emporia school board talks finances, approves security camera purchase

In one pocket, out the other.

During Wednesday's USD 253 Emporia school board meeting, Superintendent for Business Operations Rob Scheib said if the district keeps things the way they are currently, the district will benefit from a total of $1.1 million in new monies.

However, he says cash keeps being lost from places like the Flint Hills Learning Center and from new facilities in-waiting.

 

The local-option budget has been raised to 65 percent, and the district will also qualify for 43 percent of capital outlay funding. Base state aid increased to $14 per pupil. Scheib says at least one pocket of the budget will benefit.

Gov. Sam Brownback has not signed the new education funding bill into law. Scheib says it could be a tough decision.

In other business, the board approved the bid for a new security camera system for district schools. Board President Brent Windsor says this is just one step in the district's overall security plan -- something in the works for the past year.

AOS is the company providing their software, called CompleteView, to the tune of $343,000. The board split the payments into three phases. Phase 1, at $115,000, will be paid during this fiscal year, while Phases 2 and 3 will be paid during next fiscal year. Windsor says some of the features of this software are amazing.

Windsor said the goal is to get Phase 1 of this system installed over the summer.

The board also recognized EHS senior Miranda Lane, the gold medal winner of the 2014 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, and presented representatives of Emporia State Federal Credit Union with a Friend of Education Award.

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