MEDFORD — Medford’s school board appointed John Anhorn during a meeting Wednesday to fill out the rest of Anne Hemann’s term.
Hemann is moving out of the district, so she can no longer serve on the school board. The district had multiple options for that spot and ultimately elected to appoint Anhorn until Election Day in November, rather than have a special election or operate a member short until the fall.
Anhorn “has deep roots in Medford and kids in the (school) building,” said Mark Ristau, Medford’s superintendent. He’s “a perfect candidate for the position.”
For the Nov. 5 election, “others can run, if they’d like,” including, of course, Anhorn, Ristau said. Anhorn’s first board meeting will be July 22.
The district is now in the market for a new business manager, as Andrew Adams announces his resignation, effective June 30. Adams was hired in May of 2018 to replace Lylia Iverson, who has been with the district for decades before retiring last summer.
As a CPA with experience auditing schools, Adams is “very qualified,” so it’s no surprise he was “a very attractive candidate” to other districts, Ristau said. Of course, the role of business manager “is very important to a school district,” so “we are looking for applicants.”
The district also elected to delay until next summer the majority of planned improvements to the school parking lot.
“We hoped to reconfigure the entire lot, but after meeting with architects, contractors, and engineers,” it became clear “the main part of the lot” would have to wait until next year, especially since the district’s next fiscal year doesn’t begin until July 1, Ristau said. “We’ll budget and plan for it” to start in early-June of 2020, and “we’ll do it right.”
This summer, “we’ll patch and seal everything and add some parking spots” — roughly 17 — on the southeast side of the building, he said. Currently, Medford’s parking lot offers 251 spots, and “when we have special events, we’re way overcrowded,” so additional spots will be part of next summer’s project.
This summer’s work is estimated to cost $75,000-$80,000 and will start in July, he said. “A lot of that ($75,000-$80,000) will be covered under” Long-Term Facilities Maintenance (LTFM).
Medford also discussed the district’s preliminary budget for 2019-2020 Wednesday, which calls for total revenue of $11,153,193 and expenditures of $11,743,021. The district’s general fund is projected to have revenue of $9,337,593 and expenditures of $9,849,162.
“We have some big-ticket purchases with technology,” including iPads for elementary students, as well as “new maintenance equipment,” like lawnmowers and tractors, Ristau said. The latter expenses “only come around every 20 years or so.”
It’s not unusual for Medford to project some deficit spending in the budget, because “we’re conservative in our estimates,” especially with enrollment, which is how districts derive the vast preponderance of their funding, he said. “We’re alright” — “no worries.”
All hires at the secondary school are in place for 2019-2020, according to Kevin Babcock, that building’s principal. In addition, 2019-2020’s eighth-twelfth graders have received their schedules, while the seventh-grade class will receive their schedules prior to the start of the school year.
In addition, Sara Routh, high school counselor, Anna Johanson, high school social worker, and Babcock met with the sixth graders to cover expectations, and what it truly means to be a seventh grader, prior to the end of this school year, according to Babcock. This will allow him to concentrate more on parents during seventh-grade orientation later this summer.