Carlisle School Board hired a teacher for after school care during the Monday night board meeting.

By unanimous vote, forth grade teacher Bonnie Herring was hired at $20 per hour for the position of after school care teacher for the 2013-2014 school year. Superintendent Jason Clark said Herring was selected for the position due to positive feedback she received and her ability to be committed to the program since all of her children are in college.

Due to a change in law, passage of a resolution was required due Herring’s salary increase exceeding a five percent salary increase threshold. The board also passed the resolution by a unanimous vote.

According to Clark, the district has chosen to offer the program because it has seen a need for after school care for students. The district did not receive the grant to offer the Century 21 after school program which it has had, free of charge in previous years.

"We are trying to meet a need in the community," Clark said.

According to Clark, the former band room, which located on the old high school campus will be used to house the program. He said they will setting the building up with televisions, games and other avenues to entertain attending students. Clark said students will also have access to the playground equipment during the evening.

The after school program will be offered Monday through Thursday from 3:30-6 p.m. and on Friday from 3:30 until 5:30 p.m. Cost is $50 per week, per student. For more information contact the elementary office at 870-552-3261.

The budget for the 2013-2014 school year has been set and was presented to the board during the meeting.

"We have been a little conservative in our revenues," Clark said.

Total revenue for the year is estimated to be $6,049,307.95 with estimated expenditures of $6,043,449.14. The district budget is based off of student enrollment and expenditures from the previous school year, as well as the salary schedule for the upcoming year.

Some of the expenditures include salaries, building operation, food service and transportation cost. While the district does receive revenue through the local millage and additional state funding programs, a major portion of the district’s revenue is a result of school enrollment. $6,393 per student enrolled is received through state funding. Last year the district was down 33 students, decreasing this years budget around $200,000.

In an unanimous vote, the board approved the 2013-14 budget.

During an administration report from Clark, he said student enrollment is down 12-14 kids. Clark said Carlisle is not alone in the loss of students though, as neighboring districts are seeing a decline. He said he believes the district’s numbers are down because there are not enough students enrolled in the lower classes compared to those in the upper classes. In grades kindergarten through third grade, the district currently has 202 students enrolled. In ninth through 12th grade there are 248 students currently enrolled.

Clark said he hopes to see an increase in numbers in the upcoming years due to the school of choice changes this year, which will allow students to attend the district of their choice so long as the transferring district does not receive a 10 percent decline in enrollment.

"Hopefully we will begin to pick up from the areas around us," Clark said.

With the larger enrolled grades at the top half of the school, he does have some concerns with the budget in the future.

New board officers were elected by unanimous votes. All positions will remain the same for the 2013-2014 school year: President, Terry McCallie; Vice President, Bryan Oliger; Secretary, C.J. Parker; Disbursing Officer, Jeff Daniels; and alternate disbursing officer, Cliff Schafer.

Also during the meeting, the board unanimously voted to:

•Match bus driver minimum pay to match substitute pay of $25

•Terminate the hay lease at the high school with Blake Swears

•Hire Tiffany Reed as in school suspension teacher and general aide

•Approve the special education budget application

•Approve the ACSIP Plan and budget

•Accept the district minority recruitment plan as presented

Jeff Daniels was absent from the meeting. The next regularly scheduled meeting will be at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 14 in the superintendent’s office.