Brownlow discusses delay in aid
Verndale Superintendent Paul Brownlow told the District 818 board Monday that the state will delay paying an additional $148,000 until the end of the 2010-2011 school year.
The state will repay the district roughly $900,000 at the end of the school year.
Verndale's good financial situation will allow the district to weather the additional burden. When the state repays the funds, they will go into the Minnesota School District Liquid Asset Fund.
Two Verndale instructors, Marilyn Carver and Deb Haraldson, expressed interest in the Teacher Early Retirement Incentive Program. Carver is a world language instructor and Haraldson is a choir director. The board came up with counter-offers for the two instructors which will be presented by the school administrators.
Brownlow sees early retirement as a good tool in handling budget problems.
"It's an easy way to reduce budget without actually having to make any cuts," Brownlow said.
District 818 is not anticipating any budget cuts this spring but the Minnesota Legislature's delay in paying education funds to schools has lent an air of uncertainty to the future.
Brian Jacobson will be joining the Verndale administration in February. Jacobson has been hired to fill the duties of Lois Gould, who is retiring after 34 years at Verndale. Jacobson, an auditor with Carlson Highland who is well known to the board, will also act as the district's business manager.