School budget, board vote takes place Tuesday

School budget, board vote takes place Tuesday

Many local school districts in the area are voting on their proposed district budgets today, and voting on members for their Board of Education.

Most of the local districts have kept any project tax levy increase within the state mandated limit.

Under the law, school districts can not raise tax levies more than two percent unless they achieve a super majority approval from voters. The District's auditors found no moderate or serious problems with financial compliance requirements and said the district's budgetary statements represent an accurate picture.

Superintendent Art Tate has asked the board to determine whether it supports Vision 2020 as the platform for the board to respond to the district's School Budget Review Committee and, if not, how the board intends to respond to the committee.

According to Will Clark, COO of New Haven Public Schools, the board of education voted to close Creed High School, New Light High School and New Horizons High School at the end of the school year. But, this time it is Muskegon Public Schools that must find a way to deal with a budget shortfall threatening the district's stability.

On May 2, the Greene Board of Education voted to terminate two teaching assistants, a health teacher, a school social worker, a science teacher and a music teacher.

During an Operations Work Group meeting, board members agreed not to pursue a proposed change to board policy that would have given the board president the ability to deny or alter requests for district information made by other board members. To be fair, the administration is looking to implement programs to educate students and teachers about bullying and conflict in the next school year.

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Levesque said the increase is nearly entirely accounted for by the cost of sending a single student out-of-district for services.

HOLLAND PATENT -Voters in the Holland Patent school district will decide on the district's $34.5 million proposed 2018-19 budget. With the receipt of some additional state aid combined with funds from our reserves, the budget gap was reduced to $400,000.

The school budget vote which will take place on Tuesday at Camden Central High School Room 302 Lobby between noon and 9 p.m.

Also, one-time payments and a couple favorable state adjustments just about offset further decreases in state funding in the district's preliminary budget for 2018-19.

The district's average tax rate would be $13.94 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, up from $13.88 per $1,000 in the current 2017-18 school year. Student enrollment has increased by almost 1,000 students in the same period of time.

The regular meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the District Board Room, 921 Susan St.

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