Rushville Republican

September 13, 2013

RCS budget process moves forward

By Marianne Scott Rushville Republican
Rushville Republican

---- — The Rush County Schools Board of Trustees met recently and addressed several items of business.

A public hearing regarding the 2014 budget took place. Dr. Williams presented the 2014 budgets and plans, indicating that they are estimated amounts for 18 months. These figures have been advertised in the Rushville Republican on two separate days.

Next month, the board will be asked to officially adopt the budget.

Superintendent of schools Dr. John Williams reported on the current enrollment status of each building and the corporation as a whole. All were ask to keep in mind the figures presented are preliminary.

The numbers as of Aug. 30 indicate RCS have 12 fewer students than last year at this time; however, at this time last year we were showing a reduction of 54 students.

Rushville Elementary School East, Rushville Elementary School West and Rushville Consolidated High School enrollment numbers are up.

Information was shared concerning modifications to the RISE evaluation system (after one year of implementation). All changes were discussed with the RCFT. A mutual agreement was composed with respect to changes to the teachers’ evaluation, the media specialists’ evaluation as well as the counselors’ evaluation forms. All changes were approved.

In addition, the board approved changing the principals’ evaluation form to reflect the same changes as the other evaluation models.

In other news, the board approved the re-appointment of Robert Hadley to the Rushville Public Library Board. This will be his second four-year term.

The board voted to adjust the Support Service Personal Vacation Day Policy. The new policy seeks to clarify use and availability of accumulated vacation days. The most vacation days an employee can carry over into the next calendar years is one-half of whatever his/her annual allotted vacation days are (based on years of service). The new policy goes into effect Sept. 3, 2013.

Homecoming Week takes place in just a few short weeks. The all-school cookout at RCHS will be Sept. 19 with the powder puff football later in the day followed by the parade and a public pep session on the north steps of the Rush County Courthouse.

The Homecoming football game featuring Rushville vs. Connersville will take place Sept. 20 and the Homecoming Dance is from 8 to 11 p.m. Sept. 21 at RESE.

The next Rush County Schools board meeting is at 7 p.m. Oct. 1 at 330 W. Eighth Street, Rushville.