Archive for Tuesday, August 22, 2017

School board to vote on budget plan during special meeting

Lawrence USD 497 school board

Lawrence USD 497 school board

August 22, 2017

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The Lawrence School board will convene Tuesday to vote on the district’s proposed budget for the 2017-2018 school year.

As part of the budget, first reviewed at a board meeting earlier this month, the district’s mill levy is projected to increase about 3.5 mills from the previous school year. That figure equates to an increase of $80.50 per year for the owner of a home appraised at $200,000.

Tuesday’s budget hearing will see school board members voting whether to approve the proposed budget and mill levy.

In other business, the board will:

  • Call for a special meeting immediately following the budget hearing. During the meeting, board members will vote to adopt a resolution authorizing the sale of new obligation bonds as part of the district’s upcoming $87 million in bond improvements to secondary schools. As with 2013’s $92.5 million bond issue, the new bonds will not be sold all at once. Instead, the district recommends selling the bonds over two years.
  • Also during the special meeting, board members will vote to approve 2017-2018 compensation and fringe benefit packages for administrators and classified staff.
  • Hold a work session to discuss interview preparation for potential search firms in the district’s process of selecting its new superintendent.

The school board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at district offices, 110 McDonald Drive.

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