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New funding gives WDC a little room to play with for its 2017-2018 budget

The Wadena-Deer Creek school board approved a budget for the 2017-2018 school year at Monday's June meeting.

Coming after Gov. Mark Dayton's signing of a two-percent increase in education spending over the next two years, the WDC budget estimates $11,453,585 of revenue against $11,271,687 of expenses for a surplus of $181,898 - a figure that does not include any increase in salaries.

At the time, the Food Service Fund, Building Construction Fund and Debt Service Fund all show projected deficits. The Community Service Fund shows a projected increase of $14,153.

Dave Bergeron and Jason Splett gave a presentation which reflected intelligence gained by Foster, Jacob and Johnson's eight listening sessions in Wadena. Serious consideration is under way by the council for improving the Elementary School. The lack of an adequate heating and air conditioning system, leaky windows and subpar bathroom facilities were three areas of concern that came out of the FJJ sessions with faculty, staff, community members and parents, students, administrators and city council members.

The board accepted the resignations of Cali Herzog (second grade), Aaron Jackson (assistant football) and Scott Woods (girls' tennis). Jackson was hired as head outdoor custodian while Jordan Cresap came aboard as a fifth grade teacher and head girls' tennis coach.

The school's construction trades house was sold by sealed bid to Joe Wright for $66,873. The school board refused to accept any offer under $58,000 for the house/cabin built by Mike Shrode's Carpentry Class.

The board will be holding a noon meeting June 22 to approve a new insurance carrier for the district. Riverport is no longer handling school insurance, so Superintendent Lee Westrum has asked lnsurance Agent John Paulson to find the school a new carrier. The matter must be resolved by the end of June.