At 6:30 p.m. the Tax Rate Hearing took place. During the hearing the board discussed setting the operational levy at the current rate of $2.75. The tax rate ceiling on operations from the state auditor's office was reported to be $2.753. The debt service tax rate ceiling as reported by the state auditor's office was $.9833. There was discussion to roll back the debt service to the current level of $0.92. The assessed valuation total for the district this year is $28,768,407. The assessed valuation for the previous year was $27,489,878.
During the regular board meeting the board approved the agenda.
The board approved the minutes of the July 12 regular board meeting.
The board reviewed and approved the financial report. The payment of bills and transfer of funds were discussed and approved.
The board voted to set the tax rate for operations at the current rate of $2.75. The board voted to set the debt service tax rate at the current rate of $0.92. The combined tax rate for the district will remain at the current level of $3.67. The board members were happy to be able to maintain the current tax rate by rolling back the tax rate ceiling.
Under old business the board reviewed the agreement with architect Jim Rutledge to design and oversee the construction of a new concession stand at the baseball/softball fields. The new structure will have updated restroom facilities, concession stand, and equipment storage areas for both the junior/senior high school programs and the little league.
The board then approved the proposal submitted from T&T Glass to replace the windows in the junior/senior high school cafeteria. The estimated cost of the project is $7,494. The board also approved adding six foot interior doors to separate the cafeteria from the classroom area. The cost of the doors and wall is $3,689.54. T&T Glass will also complete the work on the doors.
Future plans are to air-condition the cafeteria. Currently, it is the only area in the district that does not have air conditioning.
Current Information was shared concerning MAP (Missouri Assessment Program), and EOC (End of Course) scores for the district. It was reported to the board the district received all 14 points possible on the recent APR (Annual Performance Report).
Mr. Justus gave a report on the current financial condition of the district's federal programs. The federal programs funds are used for all title programs at the elementary building.
Thayer Elementary School has been invited to be part of a state wide initiative to improve student outcomes for four underperforming subgroups. The board took no action at this time as more information will be forthcoming.
The superintendent reported the completion of several projects in the district over the summer. Earlier in the evening several board members walked through the buildings and viewed the work and improvements made.
During closed session the board approved the following substitute teachers for the district: Jared Underwood and Jessica Finley.