Tonganoxie The Tonganoxie School Board held a final budget hearing Monday night and approved a budget for the 1991-92 school year.
Board members stuck to their promise not to increase the district's mill levy, and in fact decreased it by a fraction. The $8,143,701 budget is up from the 1990-91 budget of $6,674,115. However, the mill levy will shrink slightly from 80.11 mills to 79.49 mills, said Jacki Himpel, communications specialist for the district.
Himpel said several reasons were cited for the board's ability to increase the budget without increasing the mill levy. The assessed valuation for the city of Tonganoxie was estimated higher than last year's, more students will attend the city's schools this fall so the district will receive more state aid, and the district has accumulated a higher cash balance than last year's so fewer tax dollars are needed to meet the budget, Himpel said.
The board also reviewed and updated the district's policy on admission of non-resident students, Himpel said. The revised policy allows all district employees who live outside the district to send their children to Tonganoxie schools tuition-free. It also stipulates that parents or guardians seeking a special exception to the rule must speak with the superintendent and receive board approval.
Tuition at Tonganoxie schools for the coming year is $1,676 for a year or $838 for a semester if the student enrolls by Sept. 20.