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City Schools approve tax rate

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By The Staff

Staff Report

Campbellsville Independent Schools will see a bit more money this year from property taxes.

Pending a public hearing next month, School Board members last week approved a 4 percent increase in the District's rate for real and personal property, as it has done each year as long as anyone on the Board can remember.

According to Finance Director Gayle Newton, the rate will generate an additional $66,130 this coming year.

The rate increase will require a public hearing after the Board advertises the date in the Central Kentucky News-Journal for two weeks. The rate, however, is not subject to voter recall.

Newton, who recommended the increase to the Board, said the new rate is 43.3 cents per hundred dollars of property value. The tax is expected to generate a total of $1.55 million, up from last year's $1.48 million. Last year's tax rates were 41.7 cents on real property and 41.6 cents on personal property.

Superintendent Diane Woods-Ayers said the rate increase has been the same each year and it is important to note that the District would not have received the $5 million offer of assistance from the state that it did without the annual increase. That money is paying for current renovations at the schools.

The rate set at the Board's meeting on Aug. 11 was incorrect due to recent changes at the state level. At a special meeting last Wednesday, the Board approved the correct rates.

A public hearing is set at 6 p.m. at the Campbellsville Middle School cafeteria on Monday, Sept. 8, just prior to the Board's regular monthly meeting.

Also at the Aug. 11 meeting:

- A contract was approved with the City of Campbellsville for a school resource officer. The cost to the District is $20,000 and will be paid through a Safe Schools Grant.

- The Taylor County Adult Learning Center was the focus of the Board's monthly academic spotlight. Director Diana Salmon gave a presentation on the center's services. According to Salmon, the center served 328 individuals last year.

- Board members also approved the addition of salaries for the Adult Learning Center to the District salary schedule because the grant that funds the center had not yet been approved when the schedule was adopted. The salaries total $163,005.

- Transportation Director Donna Gaddis said 725 students are being transported daily within the District. She also said that the District's bus drivers have an average of 18.9 years' experience and that the daily bus route mileage has been decreased from 190 miles to 170 miles.

- Instructional Supervisor Kent Settle gave a presentation on the District's No Child Left Behind scores. A story about the scores was published in the Aug. 11 Central Kentucky News-Journal.

- The monthly employment report included:

-New employees: Tonya Hagan, CES literacy coordinator; Lindsay Williams, CHS teacher; Amanda Reynolds, CMS teacher; Alice Renea Ford, CMS teacher; and Richard Dooley and Paul Nuckols, substitute bus drivers.

-Resignations: Daryl Deener, CHS and CMS volleyball coach; and Sandra Bailey and Joanetta Hadley, non-renewal of library grant.

-Athletics and extracurricular activities: Wilando Bridgewater, resigned, CMS assistant football coach; Amanda Reynolds, CMS cheerleading coach; Alice Renea Ford, CMS future problem solving coach; Tonya Hagan, CES assistant academic coach; Ashlee Petett, CMS volleyball coach; Tammy Hash, CMS assistant girls' basketball coach; Kathy Slone, CMS girls' basketball coach; Katie Vonhandorf, CMS girls' assistant volleyball coach; and Andrew Franklin, CHS girls' assistant volleyball coach.

-Reduction in force: Michael Sullivan, preschool.

u The Board agreed to renew its application for the Educational Professional Standards Board emergency non-certified school personnel program, which allows individuals with less than 64 semester hours of college credit to be substitute teachers.

- Board members adopted and reviewed policies and procedures recommended by the Kentucky School Board Association.

- Finance Director Gayle Newton reported that 3.5 percent of the District's $7.5 million general fund budget has been spent, with 8.3 percent of the school year complete.