September 2, 2004

School Board Leaves Tax Levy Unchanged at $3.36

Despite education funding issues that remained in the headlines nearly the entire 2003-04 school year the Scotland County R-I Board of Education voted 7-0 at the August 26th meeting to maintain the district tax levy at $3.36 per $100 assessed valuation.

Following the public tax rate hearing held prior to the meeting, the board voted unanimously to leave the tax rate unchanged from 2003. The total levy includes the incidental, teachers, debt service, and capital projects funds.

Under the current rate the district is expected to generate roughly $1,282,932 in local tax revenue based on anticipated collection rates for the countyís $38.2 million assessed valuation. The tax rate ceiling is $3.69.

Curb and Gutter

In other business, the board assigned a committee for the curb and gutter project for the Mi-Lor sub-division.

Under city statute, the district is responsible for installing curb and guttering for the neighborhood since the district was the developer for the block of building trades homes located just west of the school.

The board advertised for bids for the project but none were received. The district will advertise again early in 2005 for the project.

Committee members will be George Koontz, Paul Campbell, and David Kirkpatrick.

Bus Bids

District Transportation Director Dennis Robertson was present at the August 26th meeting to ask the Boardís permission to advertise the sale of one bus. The bus has been replaced on the route and is no longer in use.

The Board voted 7-0 to grant permission to advertise the sale of the bus with bids to be accepted or rejected at the September 30th meeting of the Board of Education.

The districtís transportation routes were also presented to the Board for approval as required by DESE. The Board voted 7-0 to approve the transportation routes as presented by Robertson.

Resignation

The Board received a letter of resignation from elementary school cook Jeanne Holt. The board voted 7-0 to accept the letter with regret.

In executive session the Board voted 7-0 to hire Tamara Knupp as a cook in the elementary building filling the position. The Board also voted unanimously to hire Jesse Stockton as a part-time kitchen employee in the high school through the COE program.

Executive Session

The Board voted 6-0-1 to approve the employment of the same instructional aides for the 2004-05 school year and to offer employment to Schelle Cooley and Mathew Kliethermes as new aides for this fiscal year. Cooley will serve as an aide in the kindergarten classes and Kliethermes will fill the position opened due to the resignation of Jill Duppong.

Substitutes

Annually the district is required to have a list of substitutes approved by the Board of Education. The Board voted 6-0-1 to approve the list as presented.

Policy Updates

The Board received nine policy updates from the Missouri School Board Association. The Board acted on all nine policies and unanimously approved all updates as presented.

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