Schools approve <br>$4,119,412 budget

The Williams Unified School District Governing Board adopted the fiscal year 2000-01 budget at their regular board meeting July 13 in the amount of $4,119,412.

This includes $3,666,462 for maintenance and operation, $232,681 for unrestricted capital outlay (“It allows the district to purchase everything from buses to light bulbs,” said Jac Heiss, superintendent of Williams schools.) and the soft capital allocation (instructional supplies) is $220,269.

“The estimated total tax rate is $5.39,” said Albert Sandoval, district business manager.

“It actually went down a little bit from last year.”

Last year the tax rate was $5.66. This year’s budget is $76,256 more than last year.

During the meeting, the board approved the bids for fuel, oil and milk. Milk prices remained close to last year’s prices but rose from $0.2083 per half pint of two percent milk to $0.2094. Dent Bros. Distributing will again supply the school with milk.

Fuel prices were a different matter.

“This is going to cost a lot to the district,” Heiss said about the rising cost of fuel.

Last year, the expense was $.8875 per gallon for unleaded and $.9075 per gallon for diesel. This year the cost is $1.285 per gallon of unleaded and $1.185 per gallon of diesel. Carter Oil Co. of Flagstaff was the sole bidder.

Floor covering upgrades at the Williams Elementary/Middle School along with replacement of the gym lights at the high school were also discussed and approved. Brocks Static Electricity of Williams was the sole bidder for the lights project at $12,603 and Roth Tile Abbey Carpet, of Flagstaff, got the priority one and two bids totaling $99,237 to cover the front entryways of the elementary/middle school, the hallways and six classrooms with commercial-grade tile.

“It will basically cover all the flooring at the middle school,” Heiss said.

The Arizona State Facilities Board has already approved $30,000 worth of flooring improvements, Heiss said.

“It (the money) will be used to help pay for the floor upgrades,” Sandoval said. “That money will be reimbursed with the School Facilities Building Renewal Fund.”

No bids for gas lines and plumbing at Williams High School were received.

During a special school board meeting, June 28, the principal of the Williams Elementary/Middle School, Dr. Gail Tetrick, resigned and took the position of middle school math teacher. Heiss said he’s been working hard to find a replacement for Tetrick.

“We think we’re going to have a principal candidate for you by next week,” he said to the board during the July 13 meeting.

To get the position filled as soon as possible the board will meet 7:30 p.m. today (July 19) to approve the contract with the new principal.

At the meeting the board also approved:

• Paying the bills totaling $277,992.56.

• Hiring Rebecca Fraze as a substitute teacher.

• The extra duty contracts for Rick Shipley, WHS football head coach; Edgar Brown, WHS football assistant coach; Richard Cox, WHS football assistant coach, Nell Brown, WHS athletic trainer; and Ken Edes, WHS volleyball head coach.

• Starting the process to improve the district phone system.

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