United proposes tax levy increase

Sheila Pressley/Correspondent

Members of United School Board received copies of the policy manual. According to United Superintendent Jeff Whitsitt, “Major changes include complying with the Green Cleaning Act, which the District is already doing, and adding AED’s (automated external defibrillators).”

Kris Repp and Whitsitt were appointed as designated representatives of the board of secretary to accept nominating petitions for the Apr. 7, 2009 board election. The terms of Moses Anderson, Rick Elliott, Terry Johnson, and Marshall Schrader expire.

Requests, from three students for early graduation, were approved, pending completion of necessary requirements.

Snow removal bids were approved: South Campus-Thompson Trucking; West Campus-Tom Hall, and North Campus, Wayne Bruns.

The board received the District Improvement Plan-DIP. Whitsitt explained, “The District isn’t required to complete it, but we are doing it anyway because of some of the components help us to meet other requirements. There are changes every year depending on test score results. Overall, our test score results have increased every year since the consolidation, that includes ISAT and Prairie State.”

The tentative tax levy for school year 2009-10 was examined. Whitsitt told the board, “We’re not sure about the EAV for the four counties (Mercer, Warren, Knox and Henderson). Because the district is asking for more than a 5 percent increase, a “Truth In Taxation” hearing will precede the December board meeting. Major increases are in education fund and TORT. The tentative rate is .07 1/2 percent per $100 of assessed valuation.

Next board meeting is Dec. 18, 7 p.m., in the Unit Office, Alexis. In routine business, the financial report, the treasurers monthly statement, activity fund accounts, inutes from the October meeting and payment of monthly bills were approved.