Board sets district tax rate for 2015

By Hope Lecchi - [email protected]

By Hope Lecchi

[email protected]

The Sedalia School district 200 met prior to Monday night’s regular session to establish the District’s tax rate for the 2015-16 school year at a public hearing.

“This was an assessment year for the county,” Dr. Harriett Wolfe, chief financial officer for the District said.

Wolfe explained that some property in the district had been over valued in its assessment while other property had been under assessed.

“This resulted in a 1.6 percent decrease in revenue to the District,” Wolfe said.

Wolfe recommended that the board set the property tax rate at $3.9601 per$100 assessed valuation.

For a property owner whose home was assessed at $200,000 they would see an increase of $1.50 per month to their taxes. For a homeowner with a $75,000 assessed property, their taxes would increase $.56 per month.

Of the $3.9601 total assessed valuation, $3.2601 is applied to operating expenses by the district and $.70 is placed in the District’s capital projects fund.

Last year, 2014, the District’s total real estate and personal property taxes totaled $342,515, 936.

This year the total is $337,068,620.

“Whenever the assessed evaluation drops, we can roll the tax rates forward.” Brad Pollitt superintendent of schools said. “With the vote tonight the board isn’t trying to generate more tax money; we are simply trying to remain were we were. Even with the rate we set we will still face a loss in the upcoming year.”

The board voted to set the rate at the $3.9601 rate that Dr. Wolfe recommended.

During the regular session, Dr. Nancy Scott, assistant superintendent presented the Title III English Language Learners Program Evaluation to the board.

“The District has a 91.2 percent attendance rate for EEL students, which is exceptional.” Scott said. “I think this is because of the dedication of our ELL teachers and staff.

“The children feel safe there and the parents feel safe entrusting their children in the program.”

The ELL students did not make the Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives last year.

“We are making growth toward the AMAO’s but not at the rate that is needed,” Scott said.

To address this, the District is beginning a new program for the students in grades one through five. Students in those grade levels will be bused to the middle school from 8:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday for individualized grade level instruction.

“The students will be able to focus on and concentrate on the academic curriculum in English.”

“It is an innovative idea,” Pollitt said of the program. “I applaud the teachers to be willing to try a new approach to help our students to achieve. Dr. Scott has seen this program in Independence and other school districts. Districts who have implemented this program have seen a high success rate to graduate out of the program.”

In other action, the board voted to:

•Renew the Children’s Therapy Center Work Study Agreement

•Renew the State Fair community College Nursing Program Cooperative

•Adopt the 2015-16 Assessment Calendar

•Approve the extra duty sponsor ships for Pep Band SPIZ

•Adopt a memorandum of Understanding for transportation services between the Pettis County Early Childhood Cooperative area county schools.

•Heard a report from Carla Wheeler, director of curriculum, instruction, and assessment regarding the district’s test scores. State MAP data will be released today at noon.

The District test scores will be released on the 17 of August.

“There is a new set of baseline scores this year,” Wheeler said. “It is important to remember that we should not compare these scores to those of last year or previous years.”

The District’s AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress) report should be available in mid-October.

•Heard a report from Steve Triplett, assistant superintendent, on the various building projects throughout the summer. With 12 days left before the start of school, Triplett said the building are in good shape and will be ready for the first day.

“I can’t say enough about our maintenance crew and the tremendous amount of work they accomplish each year,” Triplett said.

Prior to the start of the meeting, Triplett recognized Chad Jackson, a community volunteer for his work to the athletic program in the District.

Chad has done so much for our football program and athletic program as a whole,” Triplett said. “He has donated over $10,000 to the athletic department and has given countless hours of his time to our students.”

Hope Lecchi can be reached at 660-826-1000 ext. 1484

Sedalia Democrat

Hope Lecchi can be reached at 660-826-1000 ext. 1484

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