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Trustees work toward balanced budget
by Tim Delaney
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Harvey Dierschke, left, and crew, from left, Raymond Ybarra, Chase Fellers, Ruben Ortiz and Marcus Thompson, work on wiring to provide electricity for the seven temporary buildings that will be used for the Refugio Elementary School and cafeteria this fall. Dierschke said four 320-amp electric services were required to power the buildings. He noted that AEP normally takes six weeks to do a project like this, but thanks to AEP's Chris Crutchfield, the job was done in less than three weeks. Dierschke expects to be finished with his part by Thursday, Aug. 7.
Harvey Dierschke, left, and crew, from left, Raymond Ybarra, Chase Fellers, Ruben Ortiz and Marcus Thompson, work on wiring to provide electricity for the seven temporary buildings that will be used for the Refugio Elementary School and cafeteria this fall. Dierschke said four 320-amp electric services were required to power the buildings. He noted that AEP normally takes six weeks to do a project like this, but thanks to AEP's Chris Crutchfield, the job was done in less than three weeks. Dierschke expects to be finished with his part by Thursday, Aug. 7.
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REFUGIO – Refugio school district trustees continued to grapple with setting the 2014-15 expenditure budget Thursday, July 31.

Just when the budget was balanced, it was realized that last year one of the school buses had a wheel fall off, and the bust was incapacitated for three months.

Superintendent Jack Gaskins said it was a must to have a back-up bus, so a new bus was put in the budget at a cost of $92,000.

That expenditure put the budget at a deficit of $32,000, but trustees said they think they can make that up before finalizing a budget at their Aug. 28 meeting.

So far, the proposed expenditure budget, which will change, is almost $9 million, but the revenue side will have to be shored up to balance.

Trustees also heard minor changes in the various handbooks the district provides.

Those handbooks include faculty, student, band, cheerleading, activity fund, employee and athletic handbook.

For example, Coach Jason Herring said the only addition to the athletic handbook is a part on drugs.

“We will spend 15 minutes each week to get the truth out there about drugs,” Herring said.

He said the 15 minutes includes lessons and videos, and each session would be conducted by a different coach.

“The kids respect coaches, and they listen. I think this will be very effective,” he said.

Also, Gaskins said the Refugio Elementary School temporary buildings are in place, and AEP finished wiring them for electricity on July 30.

“By next Wednesday, all underground connections will be made,” he said.

He also said litigation related to the foundation of the elementary school continued with depositions, a mediation was set for Sept. 2.

The school district’s attorney in the case will address trustees in a closed session at their meeting Aug. 28.

Trustees also voted to maintain its $4,500 for a bachelor’s degree over what is normally paid and $5,500 for a master’s degree over what is normally paid, amounting to $54,000 more in the expenditure budget. The increase was because the state raised the minimum what a teacher can be paid.

Trustees also voted unanimously to hire Louise Bower, coming from San Angelo State University, as the district’s elementary school nurse.
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