United Board approves tentative levy

Sheila Pressley/Correspondent

At the Nov. 3 meeting of United school board, members approved a tentative tax levy of 4.41 percent. That figure is identical to last years but the board is requesting 8.35 percent more money for a total of $5,281,681; $4,874,867 was received from last years' request. A "Truth in Taxation" hearing was scheduled for Dec. 8, 5 p.m. in the unit office.

According to United superintendent, Jeff Whitsitt, "There are no new numbers on the EAV (equalized assessed valuation) from any of the (county) clerks. Between now and December, we'll have more information on that."

Acting on a recommendation from Whitsitt, the board approved mid-term graduation for two seniors: Jennifer Battenbeg and Shakira Archie.

The appointment of Lori Getting as district treasurer was approved. She replaces Pat Corben who retires from that position at the end of the year.

Copies of board policies were distributed to board members for review. Action will be taken on them in December.

Whitsitt told the board that, "Of the seven county facility sales tax issues in Illinois, three passed - Knox, Macon and Warren while four did not pass. United won't officially know until Nov. 16 if the sales tax passed. On that date, all absentee ballots will be counted."

Life Safety issues were discussed including a new field house at the South Campus and new roofs for two buildings at the West Campus. The total for those projects is estimated at $6,441,360. Court Chandler, board member, said, "We need to move ahead on the whole thing. There's no point in waiting for things to get cheaper." A tentative bond hearing was set for Nov. 18.

According to athletic director, Tony Kozelichki, a new scoreboard for the softball field has been ordered at an estimated cost of $6,200. The delivery date is now known.

Whitsitt reported that "The breakfast program has started at the West Campus." According to Kris Nelson, Jr. High Principal, "Half of the students are paying the full price while the other half is paying the reduced price." On Monday, 13 ate breakfast, Tuesday - 26, Wednesday -25, and Thursday - 20".

Whitsitt told the Board that he had received several bids for snow removal. These will be reviewed  at the December meeting.

In routine business, the Board approved payment of bills, the treasurer's monthly statement, activity fund accounts and October meeting minutes.

The next regular meeting will be Dec. 8 at 5 p.m.