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Centre tax rate decreases

Staff writer

In a brief hearing Monday, the Centre board of education approved a 2014-15 school budget that increased the district’s spending authority by $370,000.

The increase comes from a raise in property valuations and in funding from the state. The budget calls for general spending authority of $3,344,154 and a supplemental of $771,880. Capital outlay expenditures are capped at $300,000.

The budget also included an estimated tax rate of 44.74 mills, a drop of more than 1.6 mills from the previous year.

Because of a larger-than-anticipated enrollment in Centre’s Kansas Online Learning Program, the board approved the purchase of 50 additional laptop computers for $15,985. As of Monday, 289 virtual students were enrolled.

Teacher Cindy Riedel was hired as a mentor to new teacher Julie Keithline. Riedel will receive $250.

May graduate Tim Vinduska was awarded a $1,000 scholarship to assist with high school football. Vinduska is a freshman at Tabor College.

The district’s three regular route bus drivers received a 2-percent raise at a cost of approximately $800. Transportation director Bob Mueller said that because of a lack of bus drivers, he would run the fourth regular route. One substitute is available and more are needed, he said.

The board approved out-of-district attendance of sophomore Alexa Ammann and freshman Kelsey Turner, both of Herington.

The board approved the online sale of old wood shop equipment, technology equipment, and other unused items.

Last modified Aug. 13, 2014