While the highlight of Monday night's Board of Education meeting was , the business of running a school district continued. Matters ranging from budget negotiations to an kept the board engaged.
Larry Gallagher, deputy superintendent and director of Finance for the district, shared with the board a laundry list of various capital improvements scheduled through the 2012-13 school year totaling more than $900,000, including:
- Hurley Field turf replacement - $450,000
- drainage, paving and concrete repair at Tyndall Center - $100,000
- auditorium, air conditioning, drywall and lighting improvements at - $87,000
- roof improvements at and - $80,000
- plumbing improvements/efficiencies districtwide - $50,000
- air conditioning installations for head end rooms at Anderson and Avery Center - $38,000
- carpeting for the science wing at the high school - $25,000
- exterior door replacement at and elementary schools and Avery and Tyndall centers - $20,000.
Gallagher was quick to underscore that these improvements were not being allocated out of money from the district's general operating fund, which goes to paying teacher salaries and other day-to-day expenses. Capital improvements are financed by way of the district's Building Maintenance Fund, otherwise known as its Sinking Fund.
"We make every effort to interpret broadly what could be considered a capital improvement," Gallagher explained. "We don't want anyone to accuse the district of shorting education to replace the turf on a field."
Gallagher said the district's Sinking Fund generates upward of $625,000 a year and will sunset in 2014.
Berkley shines at DECA competition
Berkley High School made its mark at last weekend's DECA state competition at the Hyatt Regency Dearborn, where the school garnered 14 medals. Seven students will be attending the international marketing students competition in Salt Lake City at the end of April, according to DECA adviser and BHS teacher JoEllen Smith.