FISHER — The school board had its first look at the fiscal year 2014 budget. It shows $6.96 million in estimated expenses leaving about a $300,000 deficit in the education fund and about a $35,000 deficit in the operations and maintenance fund.
The education fund deficit may change by the time the board adopts the budget at its Sept. 19 meeting. The board is still negotiating a contract with the Fisher teachers' union. The next negotiation session is scheduled for Sept. 9. A three-year contract with the teachers expired June 30. A public hearing on the budget is set for 6:15 p.m. Sept. 19.
High school Principal Tom Shallenberger said the district received an anonymous donation of $8,600 to buy Chromebooks — fast, portable computers for the high school students to use — and a $500 donation form the Dollie Herriott Trust in memory of Steve Emkes for the agricultural department.
Also Superintendent Barb Thompson said several school board members and several village board members met recently about the fitness center. She said the group agreed in principle to begin opening the center to community use three nights a week with volunteer supervision from the staff of the town's chiropractic office. Residents won't be charged a membership fee but they must sign a liability waiver and will probably need to be at least 18 years old.
Thompson said they could consider this first year a pilot program and begin opening the three evenings a week in October and carry through till late spring.