Oskaloosa A protest petition here has forced a vote on whether the school district can levy additional taxes to fund new construction.
Supt. Jim White said the school board had voted to take advantage of the local option budget, increasing its operating budget by 12 percent for the next four years. He estimated the school district would have to levy an additional 10 mills to generate the funds, which would pay for a six-classroom addition at the elementary school, additions to the home economics classroom and a new high school gymnasium.
The project is estimated to cost $1.8 million, said White.
A petition signed by more than 100 school district residents was sufficient to force an election on the issue, he said. A referendum likely will be scheduled for late July.
In another matter, the board voted to discontinue the high school's Eighth Hour, an after-school program aimed at providing tutorial assistance to students who need it. White said students weren't taking advantage of the program, and it was being used for disciplinary purposes, which wasn't the original intention. A resource room teacher will be available after school for students who need help with homework during the coming school year, he said.
The board also hired two middle school teachers, Shannon Rhodes and Marvin Keehn, and a high school music teacher, Stuart O'Neil, and accepted the resignations of Kevin Bordewick, a math teacher, and Becky Ford, fourth-grade teacher.