MAMMOTH SPRING -- The Mammoth Spring School Board met in regular session July 14 at the school.
Superintendent of Schools Ron Taylor presented school board members with some information regarding the five mill increase the board voted to place on the Sept. 16, election ballot.
He said the millage increase would only apply to real estate and personal property.
He gave examples of how much real estate and property taxes would increase, per year, for residents of the district, if the tax should pass.
"If a person's property is appraised at $20,000 their taxes would be raised $20 a year if the millage passes. If a person's property is appraised at $100,000 their taxes would increase $100 a year," he said.
Taylor also showed a printed table of schools comparable to Mammoth Spring with regard to assessed evaluations. The school district is currently operating on a millage rate of 30. It is, if not the lowest, one of the lowest in the state. The Viola School District, also in Fulton County, operates with a millage rate of 40 mills.
Taylor updated board members on summer remodeling projects going on at the school.
He said the old girls' and boys' bathrooms in the elementary school were being remodeled. They were first built in 1954. There is also work being done on the teachers' workroom and a new janitor's closet. The old teachers' workroom will be used for the Reading Recovery Program at the school.
The school board reviewed the list of buses including mileage, year, make and model, and made the decision, if funds are available, to purchase a new school bus for the 2009-2010 school year.
The board opened bids on needed school supplies. Propane, gas and diesel will be purchased from MFA Oil of Mammoth Spring; milk will be bought from Highland Dairy in West Plains; and bread will be bought from the Sara Lee Bakery Group from West Plains.
While discussing personnel, the board accepted the resignation of Bessie Shelton who has taught in the Mammoth Spring School District for 23 years. They expressed their gratitude to her for her dedication to the school district and wished her the best. Shelton had been teaching elementary art and the gifted and talented program at the elementary school. The board made no decision on replacing Shelton and Taylor said the positions would probably be filled in-house.
Denny Young, who is the high school vo-ag teacher, recently received his master's degree and the board voted to amend his contract due to that achievement.
They voted to hire Helen England to fill a position in the school cafeteria. The position became open after the retirement of Francis Davis last year.