By MARY R. SMITH
The McDonald school board on Monday approved a permanent appropriations of $7.8 million for the 2010-11 school year.
The board is waiting for confirmation of the district’s financial status to know whether it will be able to forgo another State Solvency Fund loan.
The district borrowed $2.001 million in the 2010 fiscal year that ended June 30.
Treasurer Brian Stidham said the district is waiting for the State Auditor to certify the district’s deficit, which may take another month, but the district is cautiously anticipating that it may not have to borrow from the state again this year.
The district cut more than $875,045 in expenses to meet the State Fiscal and Management Commission requirements last spring. Because of some added savings and other costs that went up, Stidham said he plans to compile a revised list of the recovery-plan savings.
In other matters, the board agreed to post a vacancy for the position of kindergarten aide for seven hours a day. The aide would be shared by two kindergarten classes, which are now about 27 to 28 students each. A kindergarten teacher was cut in the recovery plan.
The board also approved a revised title of the William and Dolly Toto Scholarship Fund to the Dolly Ann Prinz Toto Scholarship Fund. A former resident, Dolly Toto’s estate donated $100,000 to a scholarship fund.
The board also accepted the following donations: from Tim Cherotti, $1,200 to the district athletic fund; a $212 general donation to the district from Dr. William Kunkel; parents Emily Shehadi, Kathy Kovach, Nancy Cowan and Elaine Timarun donated $463 to the junior class; and Wolford’s Rolloff of McDonald donated 80 yards of mulch for the elementary-school playground.
The board thanked the McDonald Little Blue Devils, band boosters and McDonald Sideliners for the renovation and cleaning of the football stadium at a cost of $2,478 plus labor.