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Sturgeon R-V drops tax rate

Posted on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 at 8:51 am

The tax rate for the Sturgeon R-V School District had gone down to $5.0484 per $100 assessed valuation. That was the first of several decisions made by five members of the Sturgeon School Board the evening of August 9 during their monthly meeting at their Patton Street campus.

It was a full house at the Sturgeon K-8 registration

It was a full house at the Sturgeon K-8 registration

They also learned that Meet the Teacher night is coming to Sturgeon, Sept 7 from 6 to 7 p.m.

That was the first note at the Aug. 9 meeting of the Sturgeon Board of Education.

During his report, Sturgeon High School principal John Kruse announced they would have 109 students in the high school this year.

Brandy Brown K-8 principal said they also had a good turnout for registration. She estimated 220 K-8 students this upcoming school year. “We’re just ready for the new year,” she said, adding the first day of school  would be a full day.

Jeff Carr, transportation and curriculum director said high school summer school attendance was slightly higher than last year and K-8 was slightly lower, but overall, they had a “slightly higher” average daily attendance than last year’s summer school.

Transportation wise, he said at this point they should have enough drivers to drive all five routes without using a reserve bus driver. “The biggest thing… is the new bus purchase.” He said they had not yet been able to purchase two used busses due to them having not yet sold their lift bus. Now, Carr said, they can trade in their 2010, 24-passsenger lift bus and a 2001, 65 passenger standard bus. The trade in offer for the two busses is $11,00. The total would be $106,500. He said they had planned to lease-purchase them through LJ Hart. They will also be spending $3,600 for safety cameras on the busses. Carr said they would be paid with ?REIF funds.

The board members unanimously passed the purchase, minus Charles King and Heather Dougherty who were absent.

During his report, Superintendent Geoff Neill discussed federal lunch policies which he described as “boilerplate we have to pass them,” which the board did.

He then discussed a Kelly Services report, which supplies the district’s substitute teachers. He said Kelly had a 91 percent fill rate, and sub slots had been filled within an hour. “It has been a pretty good deal for us… There’s some good things and bad things. This is a good thing for our district, especially where we are located.”

Misty Doss asked if the district used some non-Kelly substitutes. Penny Fadler said they did, at least in the special education area. Brown said the only time they used non-Kelly substitutes is when Kelly did not fill a spot.

He said the Dell Chromebooks had arrived. “The tentative idea is 40 per building with some reserved to for special education.”

The board also approved a bond-fund proceeds payment, including a $26 correction, per the auditor’s request.

They also approved a Master Tech invoice for $10,463.42 for installing water service at the track.

Also $26,11 to Public Water District 10 for installing a water meter at the track.

Neill discussed the banking arrangement with the Central Bank of Boone County. The bank charges them approximately $400 in fees, he said. He said the district has not put out a bid for banking services in nine years and as stewards of the taxpayer’s money they had to do due diligence and so would put the service out for bid in January or February.

Then they discussed Ameren’s rebate offer to convert the whole district to LED lights. “It’s a reimbursement from a grant,” he said. “It covers the cost and a portion of the labor.” He said for $8,000 they can replace all the lights in the district with LEDs and it would lead to $64,000 in savings at the K-8 building over the next 10 years and $53,000 for the high school. He said they had not committed to it yet, but the district is spending a lot in electricity. “This an actual energy efficient way for us to save money.” A-53 He said he would pursue more information, but he thought it would be a way to provide energy savings. He also said there was a chance installation would occur outside the school day.