School Board raises budget; hires new guidence counselor

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The Central City Public School Board met Monday afternoon to approve the raising of the budget for the upcoming school year by 2%.

The board approved the hire with a unanimous 6-0 vote.
While the board did not go over last year’s budget, the increase will allow the schools to receive more state aid.
Superintendent Candace Conradt said the board does not plan on spending all the money, but it was a number that was wanted to be reached.

Last year, Central City Public Schools had a budget of $7,272,560. The 2% increase will give the board an extra $145,451, while the automatic 1.5% of state aid is equivalent to $109,088. With the approval by the board, the budget for the upcoming school year is $7,527,099.

The other item on the agenda for the board was the approval to hire a new guidance counselor for the elementary and middle school.
The board gave a unanimous 6-0 vote to approve the hire of Michelle Stevens as the new counselor.

Stevens is currently working at Kenwood Elementary in Kearney where she is teaching the third grade. Stevens graduated from the University of Kearney with a Bachelor of Arts in Education in 1998 and received her Master of Science in Education from UNK in 2012. She was involved in a counseling internship at Kenwood Elementary from 2008-2012.

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