Centre valuation rises by $1 million

Staff writer

Assessed value of property in the Centre school district increased $1.1 million, Superintendent Brian Smith told the school board Friday.

The board approved publication of a 2013-14 budget calling for a 2.4 percent increase in the district’s tax rate to 43 mills. Total teacher salaries will rise from $598,473 to $615,000.

Smith reported that 125 to 150 students are expected to enroll in the Kansas Online Learning Program. The self-supporting program is budgeted for expenditures of $587,000.

President Mark Heiser and member Jeff Bina questioned the need for budgeting $22,000 in outside technical support when the district has a full-time technical assistant. Smith said he would look into it. Outside support expenditures in 2012-13 were $14,000.

In other actions, the board:

  • Approved purchase of 18 computers for the elementary school and two for central office staff for $4,018.
  • Hired Jill Brunner as school counselor, Selena Diepenbrock as teachers’ aide, and Jennifer Miller and Carrie Smith as cheerleader co-sponsors.
  • Approved increasing the cheer squad to eight members.
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