In a public hearing, starting a half-hour before their regularly scheduled meeting, school board members will hear public comment on the district's 1996-97 budget.
The budget, which board members approved for publication in July, requires 67.76 mills to finance. Now that the budget has been published, the board cannot increase its size. It can, however, reduce the $65,931,000 budget.
The 67.76 mill levy is down about 2.3 mills from 1995. However, the budget includes a 3.6 percent increase in salaries, an 18 percent increase in utility costs and a 10 percent increase in transportation costs, according to Craig Fiegel, assistant superintendent.
The owner of a $100,000 house in Lawrence will pay $779 to finance the budget, a decrease of about $27 from last year's school taxes.
Much of the reason the district was able to decrease its mill levy was because of a higher estimated assessed property valuation.
- Consider the consent agenda, including minutes of the July 22 meeting, monthly vouchers and personnel recommendations.
- Hear public comment on items not on the agenda.
- Consider approval of the 1996-97 budget.
- Consider purchase contracts for junior high science equipment; materials for the science resource center; computers; a water pipe at West Junior High; instructional television; and lunchroom tables.
- Consider authorizing $8,000 to match a Kansas Arts Commission grant for a mural by Wayne Wildcat.
- Consider donating the old stage curtain at the former India School building to Heart 2 Heart.
- Hear a 1994 bond issue update and consider change orders for Broken Arrow School, Free State High School, Woodlawn School and New York School, and consider a construction contract for asphalt at Free State.
- Hear a construction update by Grant Ackerman, project manager.
- Hear Supt. Al Azinger's regular report.