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April 4, 2014

School Board forms committee to look at volunteer policy

Tax rate to remain the same for 2014-2015 fiscal year

The Centerville School Board gathered Monday evening for a budget amendment hearing for fiscal year 2013-2014, a budget hearing for the upcoming year and a special meeting. All members of the board were present.

The board opened the budget amendment hearing for the fiscal year 2013-2014 budget at 6:30 p.m. The board discussed increasing total other expenditures in the budget from $1,813,891 to $4,000,000.

The increase is set to cover projects that are ongoing, such as renovations from the Centerville High School fire in January as well as planned projects such as the upcoming replacement of boilers at the high school and Howar Junior High.

The amended expenditures would also cover projects that are still potential but may take place during this fiscal year. Potential projects include redoing the Lakeview parking lot, roof repair in the district, painting, tuck pointing at the high school and work on Simon Estes Auditorium among other items. For right now, these projects have not begun and would need to be okayed by the board, but it is recommended to amend the budget once for a large amount rather then amending the budget over and over again for each project that happens.

The district will be reimbursed for the fire renovations by the insurance company. The boiler project as well as other construction and repair projects will most likely be funded from the district PPEL money.

The board voted to amend the budget before adjourning the hearing.

The 2014-2015 budget hearing was then called to order at 6:40 p.m.

Board member Tom Lange advocated approving a tax rate of $19.01 per $100,000 of valuation. This would have been lower then the $19.14 rate which the board published after their March meeting. The rate of $19.14 would be the same as the 2013-2014 school year. Board member Bill Matkovich agreed with Lange.

Board member Mary Braster disagreed, saying that the district had an interest in maintaining the current tax rate, especially as he saw a need to fill an open technology position in the district. Board president Rich Roos and board members Michelle Moore and Joe Sharp agreed with Braster.

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