Archive for Wednesday, July 3, 2002

State makes late payment to B-L school district

July 3, 2002

The Basehor-Linwood School District will most likely be cited by auditors when its year end budget is reviewed along with 303 other Kansas school districts.

Kansas state officials missed a June payment to school districts and were not able to make the payment until early July, the beginning of the next fiscal year.

It was the fifth time payments to school districts were paid late during the 2002 fiscal year.

The missed payment to the school district was approximately $350,000.

The Basehor-Linwood School Board was set to close out its general fund and did so during a meeting Thursday, June 27.

During the meeting, school board members approved transferring approximately $300,000 in funds to close out the 2001-02 fiscal year.

The action was approved despite the transfers being subject to audit.

"We've been told to go ahead and proceed as normal," Basehor-Linwood School District superintendent Cal Cormack said.

He said auditors statewide would probably be alerted to the late state payments.

The funds transferred Thursday night give the school district flexibility for next year.

The transactions would allow the school district to meet payroll in case the state misses more payments in the future, school officials said.

Revenue shortfalls at the state level for the month of June caused the state to miss the schools' payments. For the year, budget shortfalls reached $210 million.

In other action, the school board unanimously approved a motion to extend a computer lease agreement with Apple Computers during the Thursday night meeting.

The lease agreement is not to exceed $559,000, school officials said. The new computers will cost approximately $534,000 but school officials said they wanted to keep extra money available for needs that may arise with the new equipment.

"We want to make sure we've anticipated all of our needs," Cormack said.

"We won't spend the ($559,000) if we don't have to," he added.

The lease extension will allow the school district to replace 274 computers that are currently out of warranty.

"Many of those computers are 5 years or older now," Cormack said.

The school district has made technology an investment during recent years and currently has a technology infrastructure worth between $3 and $4 million.

"It's a significant investment for the school district," Cormack said.

"We're fortunate in this district that we've been able to do that."

The school district on average spends approximately $800,000 a year on technology, school officials said.

"The bottom line is technology is expensive," Cormack said.

"One thing we're supposed to do is prepare kids for the future and the future is technology based."

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