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Linn County Leader - Brookfield, MO
  • R-5 Board Sets Tax Rates for 2014-15 School Year

  • The Marceline R-5 Board of Education met in regular session on Monday night in the District’s Central Office. At this meeting, the Board set the property tax levy for the school year, received a program evaluation on professional development, and entered into an agreement with the City of Marceline.
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  • The Marceline R-5 Board of Education met in regular session on Monday night in the District’s Central Office. At this meeting, the Board set the property tax levy for the school year, received a program evaluation on professional development, and entered into an agreement with the City of Marceline.
    The meeting began with the tax rate hearing, with no members of the public taking part in the hearing. Superintendent Dr. Gabe Edgar noted that this was an odd year for the District, concerning the tax levy situation.
    Dr. Edgar explained that if the District rolled back their incidental levy this year, it would have to leave the levy at the level set this year for next year as well. With the uncertainty of assessed valuations in Linn and Chariton County, Dr. Edgar reported to the Board that he was not in favor of rolling back the incidental levy.
    So, with the promises the District made in regards to the “no tax increase” levy, which voters approved earlier this year, Dr. Edgar still had to find a way to make that promise come true. With this in mind, Dr. Edgar rolled back the debt service levy by .2362 cents.
    The levies for the Marceline R-5 School District are set as follows:  incidental fund - $4.0318, debt service – $0.800, total adjusted tax rate - $4.8318. Last year, the total levy was set at $4.8001. It is worth noting, however, that the total tax rate for the District could have legally been set as high as $5.0680. The tax rate was approved unanimously, after a motion and second from Lex Cavanah and Judy Toops, respectively.
    The meeting then shifted to the regular session, with Board Member Matt Cupp absent from the proceedings. There was no Unfinished Business, so the Board moved directly into the New Business items at hand.
    Mrs. Melissa Stallo, chairperson of the Professional Development Committee (PDC) in the District, presented the PDC evaluation for the previous school year. Stallo noted that the PDC goal for last year, and reaching into this year, is to make Marceline R-5 one cohesive District, not a series of separate buildings.
    With this goal in mind, the teachers took part in several team-building activities last year. These included: working with the National Guard and a scavenger hunt involving local businesses and school trivia.
    Looking at the PDC budget, the teachers used 84 percent of their $23,921 budget. This budget is one percent of the total school budget, which is once again mandated by state law. Dr. Edgar pointed out that, even in years where this was not mandated, the R-5 District maintained those funding levels for PDC. This evaluation was approved unanimously after a motion and second from Cavanah and Charlie Jobson.
    Walt Disney Elementary Principal Sarah Dunham presented the Summer School evaluation from this past summer’s session. Dunham noted that she felt the program went well and provided specific numbers to the Board concerning gift cards issued, teacher summaries, discipline summaries, and a transportation summary.
    Page 2 of 2 - The following list was provided of sending schools:  Brookfield, Bucklin, Macon County at New Cambria, Keytesville, Northwestern at Mendon, Raytown, Callao, Saint Joseph’s of Salisbury, and Father McCartan Memorial School.
    There were 18 teachers from the Marceline District, and eight teachers from outside of the District. There were 278 $100 gift cards, 63 $75 gift cards, and 19 $50 gift cards issued for attendance incentives.
    Dunham gave a special thanks to Shelly Herring of the Marceline Carnegie Library. Herring wrote a grant for the library, which provided funds to open the library to the Elementary students at Summer School.

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