Archive for Thursday, June 21, 2001

Four Eudora faculty members vie for principal vacancies

Interviews slated for the end of the month

June 21, 2001

Several USD 491 employees applied for vacancies left by Nottingham Elementary School Principal Tom Jerome and middle school Principal Dale Sample, who said he planned to accept the principal position at the High School.

Superintendent Marty Kobza said three in-district applicants seek Sample's position, and one district applicant wants Jerome's position. Applicants will interview with administrators, a teachers' committee and with a committee of the site council and other parents. Interviews are slated for the end of the month.

"I'm confident we're going to have the right people," Kobza said. He hopes to hire by early July. "We want to get whomever we hire a chance to get their building set up."

Increases in teacher salaries and benefits represent the largest expenditures that will increase the Eudora School District's 2001-2002 budget over the previous budget, Kobza said.

The district may get more state money this year than in previous years, Kobza said. That could create about $175,000 in new revenue. That still leaves the district short about $25,000 of the roughly $200,000 necessary for raises and benefits.

Kobza said money will be moved from different areas to make up for the deficit. About $50,000 could be cut from technology equipment and furniture.

"This doesn't mean we won't continue to put technology in our buildings," Kobza said. "We are in a cycle now where we are upgrading the middle school technology. It's not as expensive as the high school. The middle school has fewer students and less equipment."

The additional money from the state could include an estimated $95,000, thanks to a revised formula that figures how much potential money is available to Eudora school children compared to school children in other districts across the state. If Eudora continues to fall below the 75th percentile, the state could kick in funds to equalize the district with other districts with higher property value, and thus more potential school funds. Another $80,000 will come from the state to the district as base aid. That's the amount of money the state gives per pupil for all Kansas school children.

"It takes some of the burden off of local taxpayers," Kobza said. "Most of Eudora property is residential. A business park like East Hills (in Lawrence) is worth more. That's what's exciting about commercial growth and development in Eudora."

At the June 29 meeting Kobza and the school board will finalize plans to deal with a discrepancy on a telephone survey administered to Eudora residents, giving incorrect information about a new school's cost to the taxpayer.

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