FARMINGTON — Regional School Unit 9 Director Irving Faunce of Wilton presented a Personnel and Finance Committee update to the board Tuesday night.

“We’ve started an education process with Business Manager Kris Pottle to understand monthly financial statements and the components we need to track,” Faunce, the committee chairman, said.

During the Sept. 25 meeting, Faunce reported the discovery of an estimated $230,000 in unbudgeted expenditures this fiscal year. A $184,748 buffer had been identified due to hiring new employees at a lower rate than those they replaced.

The committee is charged with developing and implementing a transparent budget and expenditure reporting process, and providing regular updates on personnel functions.

“On each monthly financial report, there is a line that shows what percentage of the budget has been utilized and what remains,” Faunce explained.

He said the report issued at the end of September showed 79.6 percent of the budget remained unspent.

“Just about all line items were in that neighborhood, so we are in very good shape,” Faunce said.

Director Angela LeClair of Wilton reported on Sports Boosters activities.

“The biggest thing is this year the boosters paid for football jerseys. It was a huge expense. It was $7,000 and not a cost the school has to incur at all,” LeClair said.

In the past, athletes purchased the two required jerseys for $85 each.

“Between May and September, the boosters spent $23,558 on equipment and uniforms. We recognize how that is helpful to the district, especially with budget concerns,” LeClair added.

In other matters, Superintendent Tina Meserve noted a School Safety Forum will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, at Mt. Blue Campus, 129 Seamon Road.

“The School Safety Committee will share what the school and the community is doing to work together to make sure our schools are safe,” Meserve said.

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