The Board of Education on Aug. 28 set the 2014-2015 tax levy at $5.0397, the same rate since the 2003-2004 school year. That total includes an operating levy of $3.75 and a debt service levy of $1.2897. The approval followed a public hearing at which no members of the public spoke.
Tax rate hearing notice
The Board, with a vote of 5-1, approved the district’s Assessment Plan for 2014-2015. Board members reviewed a document that includes an overview of assessments and the grade levels. The plan told about the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP), Interim Benchmark Assessments developed by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, and End-of-Course assessments for high school courses. Dr. Al Voelker, Assistant Superintendent for Academic Services, also told that the district will no longer be using the Acuity Assessment. He also said that the district would continue to administer all optional End-of-Course exams, except American History.
Dr. Voelker noted that all students in 11th grade will take the ACT in spring 2015 at no cost to the student or district as part of the state assessment plan.
Board Member Barbara Boucher cast the dissenting vote.
The Board recognized Senior Andrea Ambam for winning the national championship in Original Oratory at the National Forensics League national tournament in June in Overland Park, Kan. Before Andrea was introduced at the meeting, the School Board and audience viewed a video her her 10-minute performance piece from the tournament.
The Board also declared certain property as surplus, approved bids for surplus property, approved a bid of $21,700 from Resilite Sports Products for wrestling mats, and approved revisions to Board policies.
Read a review of the entire meeting: Board Update