Archive for Thursday, July 30, 2009

USD 232 mill levy to remain steady

July 30, 2009

The De Soto USD 232 Board of Education voted unanimously to approve publishing and hearing notice for the 2009-2010 budget at Monday’s meeting that basically leaves the mill levy unchanged.

Ken Larsen, district director of finance, presented the board, with the exception of an absent Don Clark, was presented two budget options. The options reflected an assessed valuation decrease for the district of approximately 2 percent.

The second option, which was approved for publication, keeps the district’s mill levy stable at 74.169 mills compared to last year’s levy of 74.170 mills.

To accomplish that, the district will tap into reserves so that the special assessments and capital outlay mill levies could be reduced to 4 mills. In the 2008-2009 budget the funds were at a 4.5 mill level. Special assessments last year was 0.319, the new budget put the fund at e 0.290.

The approved budget projects $28.5 million levied in taxes, compared to $28.99 million in the 2008-2009 budget.

The first budget option presented to the board would have increased the district’s mill levy by .529 mills to 74.699 mills.

The board had little discussion before voting to publish the budget.

In response to a question from Board President Tim Blankenship, Larsen said reserves were not being depleted by using option 2

Board member Bill Fletcher said second option would be the best possible budget for taxpayers.

The hearing on the 2009-2010 budget will be at 6 p.m. Aug. 17 at the District Administrative Building, 35200 W. 91st St.

In other business the board:

• Discussed a continuous improvement process with interim superintendent Ron Wimmer.

Wimmer discussed a model that would allow the district to implement a continuous improvement process for all employees.

Blankenship suggested putting the district’s check register online for the community to view.

Wimmer said administration would look into creating PDFs of rolls on a special section of the district’s Web site.

Board member Tammy Thomas suggested video taping Board of Education meetings for those constituents that are unable to attend.

Janine Gracy, board member, suggested high school journalism students could possibly take on the project.

• Approved the negotiated agreement with the De Soto Teachers Association. The DTA ratified the negotiations with 302 votes. (What does it do? Base-rate pay increase? Details please)

• Approved the classified short-term leave for staff working a 260-day contract from two days to three days. The approval also allowed staff working more than 260 days to four days leave from three days.

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