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December 3, 2013

School board hears tax levy proposal, other reports

In other business from last week’s school board meeting (see Friday, November 29, Daily Union), the Shelbyville school board was presented the proposed $4,548,556 levy.

Superintendent Denise Bence noted that property taxes were going down resulting in less to the district.

“Because of tax caps its up to us to decide what funds to put the money into,” Bence said. “The tort fund balance is about at zero so we need to move money from operations and maintenance to that fund.”

The board will vote in December on the proposed levy.

The board approved buying new software and necessary hardware for the school cafeterias. The program tracks which students eat school lunches and the balances parents carry on the cost of those meals.

“The current system is still using a DOS version and is about 10 years old. They don’t offer the tech support for that program anymore. The ‘Nutrikids’ program is going to make everything simpler than doing it by hand,” Bence said. She told the board that she had budgeted $25,000 for the new system. The program and hardware will cost $16,373.

In administrative reports, Josh Maxwell was commended for his students and his efforts to help areas struck by the November 17 tornadoes.

More than 60 bags of clothes and 30 boxes of food and water were taken to Gifford, one of the hardest hit areas in the state.

High School principal Richard Stuart reported that Miller Fertilizer, who was recognized for excellence in their field of agriculture, chose the Shelbyville FFA to receive a $1000 donation to support their program.

“Our FFA is a strong organization in our school and Mrs. Totten for her work with the program,” Stuart said.

Moulton Middle School principal Russ Tomblin offered a thanks to all the people who made Trick or Treat for Canned Goods a success. He reported that 220 student and more than 50 adults helped with the event. The donations were taken to the local food pantry.

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