RANCHESTER — The Sheridan County School District 1 Recreation District board at their regularly scheduled meeting Wednesday night approved a budget for the 2013-2014 fiscal year.
Jeremy Smith, business manager for SCSD 1, presented the budget to the board. In it, the recreation district expects to have $81,800 in expenditures and $82,720 in revenue.
A large portion of the expenditures in the budget, $56,000, is slated for awarding of grants and professional services.
Representatives of K-Life, recipients of SCSD 1 Recreation District funding, attended the meeting to discuss their program. The group received a $2,000 grant from the district in the last fiscal year. In the coming fiscal year, the group had submitted a $20,000 grant request for programming they conduct in SCSD 1.
Board member Chad Aksamit noted that he was concerned that approximately $10,000 of the grant request included money to pay for staff time. The board ultimately decided to provide $10,000 to K-Life, but restricted use of the funds for consumables, transportation and marketing costs for programming related directly to services for SCSD 1 youth.
Additionally, the board discussed the proposed Big Horn Community Center. A conditional use permit for the center was denied by the Sheridan County Commissioners at their May 7 meeting.
In an effort to address the concerns raised by attendees of the meeting and the commissioners, the board discussed ways to reach out to members of the Big Horn community to provide information and answer questions about the project. In addition, the accompanying tennis facility, which had been a point of concern for some area residents due to its size (45 feet tall) will be removed from the proposed plan.
The recreation board will likely present a new plan for the center to the Planning and Zoning Commission and county commissioners later this fall.