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Archive for Thursday, August 15, 1991

SCHOOL BOARD OKS BUDGET IN MCLOUTH

August 15, 1991

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— The McLouth school district mill levy will increase by 8.76 mills for the 1991-92 school year as a result of the budget approved by school board members at Tuesday's meeting.

The $3,474,830 budget will bring the district's levy to an estimated 71.27 mills. Last year's budget was $3,381,812 with a mill levy of 62.51 mills.

Joe Ryan, board president, explained that the mill levy increase can be blamed in part on a $300,000 decrease this year in the district's assessed property valuation. Other reasons for the increase include a decrease in cash carry-over in the general fund, increased costs for state mandated special education programs, transportation and unemployment, decreased state funding and delinquent taxes.

A mill is $1 in taxes for every $1,000 in assessed property valuation.

SCHOOL SUPT. Robert Behrens said the budget is no-frills.

"Just trying to stay alive," he said.

In another matter, Tom Madden, negotiator for McLouth teachers, and several teachers said they were concerned about unresolved teacher salary negotiations and asked the board to consider an earlier offer. The board met in executive session for 45 minutes to discuss negotiations, but later rejected the tentative agreement.

Paula Carlson, Peggy Forsberg and Carolyn Lasher voted for the agreement. Ryan and Steve Poe voted against it.

Also, Lasher announced that she will have to resign from the board as of Dec. 31 because of personal reasons. She plans to submit a letter of resignation at the September meeting.

IN OTHER business at the meeting, board members:

Approved a recommendation made by Lewis Faust, secondary principal, and Clifford Weeks, secondary counselor, to allow students not enrolled in special education courses to attend vocational-technical school in Atchison half-days during their junior or senior years with the district providing transportation, or full-days during their senior year with students providing their own transportation.

Agreed to lease a Sharp copier for both the elementary and high school offices on a five-year plan with monthly payments of $229.

Accepted a resignation from Karen Fowler, cook, and approved a contract for a replacement, Sharon Woodhead.

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