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Transparency Report

Budget/Compensation Transparency Reporting

Bear Lake Schools

Report Date: 11/10/2017

Section 1 - Annual Operating Budget and Subsequent Budget Revisions

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The Bear Lake School District serves 272 children in kindergarten through the 12th grade. In addition we offer preschool, childcare, and adult and community education services. Our budget is adopted by our publicly elected board of education no later than June 30 of each year. Like other schools in the State of Michigan, our budget is based on our best guess of what amount of per pupil funding the state will provide.

Fiscal Year 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 Board Approved Budget

Food Service Fund (2016 - 2017) Final Budget
Food Service Fund (2017 - 2018) Opening Budget

General Fund (2016 - 2017) Final Budget
General Fund (2017 - 2018) Opening Budget

Section 2 - District and Personnel Expenditures

Current Operating Expenditures 2016-2017 

Like any organization, the Bear Lake School District has a variety of expenditures including utilities, fuel for buses, technology, facility maintenance, insurance, personnel, and office supplies. Public schools are unique in that they have boards of education that control the expenditure (and receipt) of school funds. The school board members are state officers who carry out the state's educational obligations at the local level and they have the ultimate responsibility for school operations. Schools also pay for classroom supplies, specialized services for students with special needs, and many other instruction-related items. 

Pie Chart for Current Operating Expenditures 2016-2017 

Operating Expenditures
Because schools are a service industry, the largest share of every school's expenditures are salaries and benefits. Retirement costs are state mandated and controlled at the state level. Schools have increased co-pays for health insurance and reduced benefit programs for health insurance for staff. Insurance costs include health, dental, vision, and life. All other personnel benefit costs include annuities and car allowances. 

Pie Chart for Personnel Expenditures 2016-2017 

Personnel Expenditures

Section 3 - Current Bargaining Agreements and Employer Sponsored Health Care Plans

Current Bargaining Agreements

Bear Lake Schools Education Association - Teachers

BLS Master Agreement 2017-2019
Employer Sponsored Health Care Plans

MESSA Plans 
Section 4 - Audited Financial Statements
Each year the Bear Lake School District is required to hire an independent auditor to complete a comprehensive audit which evaluates and reports on the financial condition of the district. The audit includes a thorough analysis of all business operations as well as a compliance review for the requirements of the many programs we operate.

Financial Statements & Audit Report 2016-2017

Issued Financial Statements
Section 5 - Employee Compensation Information

Position and Salary Information

All employees of the Bear Lake School District are categorized by classification of position held. All classifications are established according to demands of the position, level of responsibility, job functions performed, credentials and skills required, etc. Each classification falls into at least one established salary schedule, which takes into account such factors as seniority in position or in similar positions, comparison to similar jobs elsewhere in community, cost of living factors, etc. The Bear Lake School District Board of Education determines matters related to school employees including pay and benefits.

This report requires listing the Superintendent and employees with salaries over $100,000. Currently the Bear Lake School District does not employee anyone with a salary over $100,000.

Salary Benefits
$52,800    Annuity = $4,400

Health Insurance = $2,407
Cash in Lieu = $3,300

Section 6 - District Paid Association Dues
Dues and fees paid by our district are limited to professional associations, student associations, or employment associations (labor union dues) on behalf of staff. These memberships provide added opportunities, resources, continuing education, and professional development. These memberships make it possible for our district to conduct business in more efficient ways and result in scholarship opportunities for our students. 

List of Association Dues Paid

List of Association Dues
Section 7 - District Paid Lobbying Costs
No school district funds were spent on lobbying services in 2016-2017.
Section 8 - Deficit Elimination Plan
The district has not incurred a deficit.
Section 9 - District Credit Card Information
District credit card information.
Section 10 - Out-of-State Travel Information
There was no out-of-state travel to report.
Section 11 - Procurement of Supplies, Materials, and Equipment
Policy 6320
Section 12 - Categories of Reimbursable Expenses
Policy 34406550
Section 13 - Statement of Expenses Incurred by Board Members
Board member reimbursements.
Section 14 - Medical Benefit Plan Bid
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Section 15 -  Evaluations Posting and Assurances
School ADvance Administrator Evaluation System

5D Teacher Evaluations Postings and Assurances