During the regular meeting of the Staunton CUSD #6 Board of Education held on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 the Board was presented with a balanced tentative budget for the 2019-2020 school year. While the district finished last school year with the first balanced budget in 14 years, this is the first time in at least as many years that a balanced budget was presented to begin a school year. Regarding the budget, Superintendent Cox stated the following, "I am pleased to present a balanced budget to the Board of Education. This has come from the work of many people both inside and outside of our district. What is cause for the greatest celebration is that we have balanced the budget while adding teachers and placing valuable resources where they are needed the most for our students." Over the course of last year to the present the District has added 11 additional teaching positions and 4 paraprofessional positions in addition to many instructional supports and resources while still achieving a balanced budget. "The greatest impact on our student learning is that of our teachers. I applaud the Board for having faith in administration's recommendations to add these positions while we worked to right the fiscal ship. By investing in our teachers, we have invested in our students," Cox closed. The tentative budget is on display in the District office and on the website until the public hearing to be held on September 23, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in the district library.
In other action the Board recognized the resignation of Board of Education member Scott Skertich and authorized the Superintendent to post for a vacancy on the Board of Education. Superintendent Cox recognized Mr. Skertich by saying, "Scott has been an outstanding board member over the last four years. He is part of an education family and wants all involved to know he has enjoyed his time on the Board working with everyone in our District and on the Board of Education. He will continue to be a great supporter of Staunton Schools."
In other news the Board approved the purchase of a new school bus, infrastructure work, and personnel hires. To learn more about these and other action items please see the summary of minutes on the website.