HANCOCK - Members of the Hancock Public Schools Board of Education saw a draft version of the district's 2012-13 budget during their regular meeting Monday.
Superintendent Monica Healy said the budget as presented is based on several assumptions, including not knowing what state budget the Legislature will pass and what Gov. Rick Snyder will sign.
"There's one version of what we should get in the Senate, there's one version in the House and there's one version from the governor," she said. "What we did is kind of merged those three."
School districts should know June 1 what the state aid will be, but Healy said the draft school district budget assumes a per-pupil foundation from the state of $7,021. Exactly what school enrollment will be is unknown, also.
"We believe we guessed a bit low on enrollment," she said.
She's uncertain especially what kindergarten enrollment will be because of changes to state law, Healy said.
"We didn't want to assume too many more kids come in between spring and fall," she said. "We're hoping that goes up, which, obviously, will affect the revenue."
Healy said the draft version of the budget includes an increase in the retirement rate, a school counselor in the event one can be hired and a cut of $14,000 from Title I funds.
"That was kind of a hit," she said.
Healy said the district's budget needs to be submitted June 30.
"As we get closer and closer to June 30 when we have to have our final budget in, the picture becomes clearer," she said.
Trustee Corey Packard asked Healy if the board could see alternative budgets based on the best and worst cases, and Healy said they could.
"I think that might be helpful," Packard said.
In other business, board members:
approved the contract with Hancock Central High School Principal John Sanregret as building administrator.
approved all-day kindergarten/Young 5's program for the 2012-13 school year without discussion.
approved a resolution to change school board terms from four to six years with Packard voting no.
heard from Sanregret one internal application for varsity girls' basketball coach has been received, and he would like a board member to be in on discussions with the applicant. If it's decided not to hire that person, applications will be taken from outside the schools.
heard an informational presentation from Melanie Walls about her Rainbow Kids Day Care program at Gordon G. Barkell Elementary School.