Wawasee School Board Holds Public Budget Meeting

SYRACUSE – On Tuesday, the Wawasee School Board held a public hearing on the school corporation’s 2019-20 budget.

After Director of Finance Jim Evans provided proof of the budget’s publication, the floor was opened for any questions and comments the community might have. No questions or comments were received.

The budget is part of a new system that went into effect in January. In this budget, funds are split into education, operations and debt services.  Education is primarily used to fund educational salaries. Operations compiles what was previously known as the bus replacement fund, capital project, rainy day and general funds. Debt services pays interest and principal on certain types of debt.

Operations will see a 3.5 percent increase from the 2018-19 school year.

According to Evans, debt services and operations are mostly funded by property taxes. Operations, however, can sometimes use money transferred from education. Education is funded mostly by the state.

On Sept. 10 at 5:30 p.m., there will be a meeting to formally adopt the budget at Wawasee High School in the Warrior Room.

In other board business:

•Michael Eshbach resigned as Wawasee High School physical education and health teacher.

•Jaime Norris resigned as WHS special education teacher.

•Julie Baird was recommended by WHS Principal Geoff Walmer as the WHS receptionist.

•Jody Francis was recommended by WHS Assistant Principal Steve Perek as a three-hour cafeteria worker.

•Brady Nyland was recommended by Perek as a WHS physical education paraprofessional.

•Perek recommended the transfers of Bianca Carty from a three-hour WHS cafeteria position to a 4.5-hour position and Jennifer Umanzor from a 4.5-hour to a five-hour cafeteria position.

• Ami Steg submitted her resignation as a Wawasee High School 3-hour cafeteria worker.