School board to eye maintenance at meeting on Tuesday evening|
The Antigo school board will look ahead toward 2014-15 maintenance projects plus review its new committee structure when it meets Tuesday.
The regular July meeting, which will also include preliminary action on the 2014-15 budget, will get underway at 7 p.m. in the media tech room located on the second floor of the high school.
Following the usual round of citizens and delegates, the board will hear an update on academic progress monitoring and come into action items, led by preliminary approval of the budget and the maintenance work.
The budget calls for general fund expenditures of $27.261 million, an increase of $441,261, funded by a levy of $9.429 million. The levy represents a 4 percent increase, or $361,478, and will likely result in a mill rate of $8.87 per $1,000 of equalized valuation, a 3.86 percent, or 33 cents per $1,000, jump.
That means that the owner of a $100,000 home can expect to pay $887 to fund school operations, an increase of $33 over the current year’s property taxes.
The budget includes $640,000 for maintenance projects, including $400,000 allocated from the fund balance; $150,000 for technology changes; and staffing changes including an additional high school Spanish/English teacher, overload sections at the high school, and a half-time elementary principal to allow for a full-time curriculum director.
There are also allocations for professional development; continued curriculum replacement; and a staff salary increase.
Savings include a 3 percent decrease in health insurance costs, equivalent to $110,000; replacement of 18 retirees with employees at the lower end of the salary schedule, $250,000; and replacement T-1 lines at the rural schools with wireless connectivity, $40,000.
While much of the $640,000 earmarked for maintenance has already been spent on elementary school replacements, the board will look ahead at other needs as well. They include:
—new tile at the high school.
—replacement of lawn mowers at Spring Valley and Crestwood.
—purchase of a delivery van.
—and asbestos abatement at Crestwood.
The district will also consider retaining a mechanical engineer to look at ventilation projects at North, East, West, Pleasant View and Crestwood elementary schools.
In other business, the board will:
—act on bids for the 2013-14 construction house, with one bid received that was $4,000 under the $49,000 minimum.
—review transportation contracts for 2014-15 calling for a 2 percent rate increase.
—consider a policy on academic honesty: cheating and plagiarism.
—and consider updates to the athletic codes.
Resignations include Anna Lund, special education instructional assistant at North; and Elizabeth Gomez, interpreter.
The board is expected to fill vacancies for a district nurse, elementary and high school instructional interventionist; German and English teachers; elementary instructional interventionist; and high school counselor.
The board will round out its agenda by appointing members to two new standing committees to deal with policy issues and community relations and communication. All other issues will be reviewed by the full board of education which will meet monthly as a committee of the whole.