NBAPS

When the NBAPS School Board addressed capital budget recommendations at its Thursday meeting, there was a back-and-forth discussion between School Board Member Randy Westby, Superintendent Deb Henton and the rest of the board. Westby was the lone member of the board to vote against the recommendations. Henton explained to Westby that what the board was [...]

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I may have mentioned it before but it bears repeating: This year’s budget process is going to look significantly different than previous years. The primary reason for this is the school board’s decision to accept the full funding authority provided by the state in the recent omnibus bill. What do those funds mean for us? [...]

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Toward the end of her presentation Feb. 13 on the proposed budget for next school year, Randi Johnson, North Branch Area Public Schools director of personnel and finance, said about the outlook: “We’re in better shape than I can ever remember being in.” She noted the district is in much better financial shape than it [...]

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When unfunded mandates come from the state, oftentimes local units of government are left scrambling when it comes to figuring out how they should be implemented. Thankfully, with the “World’s Best Workforce” legislation that was initiated by the Legislature last session, North Branch Area Public Schools is ahead of the curve and likely won’t have [...]

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The NBAPS School Board’s proposed property tax levy, approved Thursday, is 13 percent higher than last year’s final levy, but Director of Finance and Personnel Randi Johnson said the preliminary amount, compared to other past years, isn’t a substantial increase. The board approved the preliminary levy 4-1 with Board Member Randy Westby voting no. Johnson [...]

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 It’s that time of year again — back to school. In North Branch, the elementary, middle and high school all welcomed new teachers last week.   

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