School district tax millage decreases

AMORY – During the Monroe County Board of Education’s regular-scheduled meeting Dec. 4, Superintendent Scott Cantrell told the board that the tax millage for the school district from 2012 to 2013 had decreased by 1.28 mills.
“Our district is excited to hear that the tax levy directly attributed to the school district request has decreased. As a board and administrators, we realize that one of our responsibilities is to be as fiscally lean as possible without negatively affecting student performance,” Cantrell said.
In other business the following were approved:
• Resignation of Patricia Horne, Pre-K teacher.
• Recommendations of Blair Young, Smithville ISS, and Joe Camp, ALC part-time custodian.
• Second approval of Vocational Center policy concerning shop equipment and safety checks.
• Substantial completion of Smithville High School building and 4-5-6 building.
• Amended district policies due to 2012 legislature session amendments.
• Section 16-12-17 timber thinning project bid.
• Aluminum bleacher tops to replace wood bleacher tops and foot boards on softball and baseball fields at Hamilton, Hatley and Smithville.
• Discussion of economic aspects of student drug testing program, should the district possibly decided to enter into a program.  No action was taken.
The next scheduled meeting is set for 5 p.m. on Jan. 8 at the Monroe County Government Complex Center.