The Brandon-Evansville School Board received good news at its Monday, Oct. 19, school board meeting – the district received a clean audit.

Mary Reedy with the auditing firm, CliftonLarsonAllen, presented the annual report to the school board at the meeting.

“An unmodified or clean audit is the highest level of assurance auditors can give,” Reedy told school board members.

She said the district’s funds are managed very well and that some of the funds look better than other school districts she has audited.

For the fiscal year 2020, the district’s total revenue was a little more than $6 million and the expenditures were just under $5.6 million. The district’s fund balance was just over $3.5 million, which Reedy said would be enough for the district to operate for not quite a half a year.

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Revenues, which is money coming into the district, come from a variety of sources, including the following:

  • State: $4.75 million (72%)

  • Federal: $403,382 (6%)

  • Local property tax levy: $972,970 (15%)

  • Other local and county: $455,872 (7%)

Expenditures, or money being spent by the district, include the following:

  • Regular instruction: $3.15 million (43%)

  • Vocational instruction: $110,439 (2%)

  • Exceptional instruction: $736,666 (10%)

  • Community education and services: $226,365 (3%)

  • Instructional support services: $65,043 (1%)

  • Pupil support services: $692,316 (10%)

  • Site, buildings and equipment: $1.66 million (23%)

  • Debt service: $94,250 (1%)

  • District and school administration: $278,530 (4%) – Reedy noted this is lower than most school districts.

  • District support service: $195,547 (3%)

  • Fiscal and other fixed cost: $31,673 (0%)

School board members approved the audit and thanked Reedy for the information she provided and also thanked those who worked with Reedy, providing her with the information she needed.

Enrollment is up

As of Monday, Oct. 19, enrollment was at 491 students. Superintendent Don Peschel said this is up seven students from last year.

“Our enrollment has increased yearly by 10 to 15 students in the past five years,” he said. “This is good news.”

Peschel believes that the small class sizes and past test scores contribute to the enrollment increases. He said the district has held true to have two sections in the elementary, which puts most of the class sizes under 25 students per classroom.

He also said that for a district its size, to be able to offer a variety of classes to choose from in high school, such as business, agriculture, technology and more, could be a factor in the increase in enrollment.

Homecoming

Events are being planned for Homecoming Week, which is taking place Monday, Oct. 26, through Friday, Oct. 30. Coronation will take place Monday, Oct. 26 at 8:40 a.m. This is for parents and students only.

There will not be dance this year, but instead a bonfire is being planned for after the football game on Friday. In addition, weather permitting, a pep fest is being planned for outside.

Each day next week, students and staff can dress for the theme of the day, which is as follows:

Monday: Dress in red, white and blue for American Day.

Tuesday: Dress in pajamas, robe and slippers for PJ/Quarantine Day.

Wednesday: Battle of the classes by dressing in your class color for Class Color Day.

Thursday: Dress in costume for Halloween Costume Day.

Friday: Show your Charger pride by dressing in blue and gold for Chargers Spirit Day.