In a meeting Tuesday evening, board members approved two special meetings at 6 p.m. April 17 and 6 p.m. April 24 in the administration building board room at 325 N. Bergin Lane. Both meetings are open to the public, though much of the agenda items for the April 17 meeting will be discussed during a private executive session.
The April 17 meeting will allow board members to review an independent investigation report stemming from a complaint from the community, said board president Jim Conyers. Also in that meeting, the board will discuss the appeal of an administration decision.
Superintendent Joe Rasor said the April 17 special meeting is for personnel matters and possible litigation. Those discussions will be conducted in private during an executive session.
"We need to schedule these for personnel matters," Rasor said.
He offered no additional comment.
The second meeting on April 24 is dedicated to preparing the budget for the 2013-2014 school year.
Agenda items for the meeting include the approval of the coming school year's fiscal budget and school calendar, as well as the selection of a new audit firm for the current school year that ends on June 30.
Rasor said this is the first time the school district has scheduled two special board meetings in one month.
The two meetings will give ample time for both subjects to be discussed thoroughly.
"We are having two special sessions because the budget is so important, and it is going to take quite a bit of time to deal with," Rasor said. "If we are having a personnel action going on in closed session, we're possibly going to shorten the budget or shorten the other hearing or meeting. We don't want to do that."
The district learned that it would receive about $19.5 million from the state Public Education Department for the 2013-2014 school year on Monday, which is later than officials expected.
"Typically, we have our allocation given to the district by the (public education department) earlier so we know how many positions we can fit in that (budget), how we are going to operate the school district with that funding," said Gary Giron, the school district's director of finance and operations.
The school district needs to file its budget by May 16. And with the next school board meeting scheduled for May 14, it would leave little time for review.
"It would kills us to try and jam it all together," Rasor said.
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