The Ottawa school board on Monday night approved a budget for the 1998-99 school year slightly higher than the current year's budget.
The board approved a $9.54 million budget for next year, slightly more than this year's $9.37 million, board president Cheryl Sylvester said.
The mill levy in the district will decrease from 27 mills to 20 mills, in part because of increased property valuations and a lower local option budget.
A mill is $1 in property taxes for every $1,000 in assessed valuation.
In other business, the board approved a $277,209 bid for Alexander Open Systems of Lenexa for wiring in the middle school for a wide area computer network system.
The work will include fiberoptic cable and other wiring, linking the middle school to the Internet and Franklin County network, Sylvester said.