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Tax Levy to Make or Break School

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Photo by Emily McIntosh Some residents were confused as to how the bond for the new Koshkonong Elementary came about. Superintendent Luke Boyer said he could only speculate. Eventually, the school board decided to leave the tax levy for the school as is.
Much deliberation went into what to do with Koshkonong (Howell-Oregon) School District's tax levy. Many in the Koshkonong community had strong feelings about the issue. The general consensus was no one wanted to raise their taxes but no one wanted to lose the school, either.

After hearing what the community had to say, the Koshkonong School Board of Education decided to leave the levy as is at $3.53 per $100 of assessed value of property.

Residents thanked and shook board members' hands for hearing them out on issues concerning the proposed tax levy and the board voted in favor of what residents had to say. It was a unanimous vote of all five board members out of seven present.

The regular board meeting was then called into session.

Superintendent Luke Boyer said the board has to approve a Missouri Ethics Commission ordinance on every odd year. The board accepted it without changes.

The board agreed to table the Career Ladder issue until next month so they could gather more information. Boyer said that although the school has set aside 40 percent of the matching grant for the program, the state's portion, 60 percent, may or may not be distributed this year.

They also decided to table discussion about using wood furnaces instead of propane to lower the school's $40,000 plus propane bill until the board receives more information about air quality standards and the possibility of getting a reliable wood supplier.

Boyer said for several months the school has not been happy with its contract with Office Concepts. He said the copiers the school has through the supplier are underperforming machines. A revised contract for five years was created. Boyer said he did not like the idea of getting into a long contract but he said the decision was up to the board. He said Office Concepts would make improvements on the copy machines including parts and labor. Boyer said this contract would save the school about $54.60 a month. The board agreed to go with the contract.

In other business, Boyer said the house owned by the district could be a target of proposed projects for the construction class. The board was in favor of any sort of project that could make the house look better so the school might be able to easily sell the building one day. The board decided to table the issue until classes started up.

The board approved paying the monthly bills.

The next Koshkonong School Board of Education meeting is scheduled for Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. in the school library. All patrons are welcome to attend.

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