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Break-even preliminary budget passed

Dean Yocum

Although the school year just ended, the Brandon-Evansville School is already planning ahead and at its regular meeting Monday night, the board approved a preliminary budget for the 2018-2019 school year.

The expected budgeted revenues, according to the district's business manager, Vicki Ellis, are estimated at $5,832,225, with the budgeted expenditures at $5,820,276. The projected fund balance, she said, is $2,710,587.

"It's pretty much a break-even budget," Ellis told school board members. "We tried to be conservative in our budget."

Superintendent Dean Yocum said the food service budget is something for the district to keep an eye on since the cost of food has gone up, and the district also made some updates to its equipment. The current fund balance for food service is a little more than $50,000. However, with the budgeted revenues and expenditures for the upcoming school year, the fund balance is projected to be a little more than $36,000.

"It's not a trend you want to continue, but it's not something to panic about," said Yocum.

The preliminary budget was unanimously approved.

Superintendent gives thanks

During his administrative report to the school board, Yocum thanked the members for the last two years. He resigned as superintendent in May and his last day with the district is set for June 30.

Yocum has accepted a position as superintendent for the Parkers Prairie School District.

Speaking to the board members, Yocum said they were a great group who truly cared about the district and that he knows the decisions they make are for the good of the district and its students.

"I've worked with other school boards and you are a great bunch of people to work for," he said.

Yocum also gave praise to staff members and said that the Brandon-Evansville School District has a high-quality staff that puts in the extra effort and that the students are always at the forefront.

"This district has a great deal going fo it. It's a great location and the ag industry is incredible," Yocum said. "The technology is robust and the test scores are above average."

He also talked about all the extra-curricular and co-curriculars offered within the district, and noted that the district has had a great deal of success.

He also shared his hope that the people in Brandon and Evansville can come together, work through their difficulties and move forward to make a better district for its students.

The school board members all thanked Yocum in unison, with one of the members saying, "It's been a great two years."

Celeste Edenloff

Celeste is a reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press and has lived in the Alexandria Lakes Area since 1997. She first worked for the Echo Press as a reporter from 1999 to 2011, and returned in June 2016 to report on the community she calls home. She enjoys running and has participated in nearly 200 races with her husband, Al, covering the 5K, 10K, 10-mile and half-marathon distances.

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