Members of the Pierce City R-6 Board of Education set the district's tax levy for the 2012-13 school year at the August meeting.
Board members approved a $2.75 operating levy and a 79 cents debt service levy, for a total of $3.54 per $100 assessed valuation on real and personal property.
That will generate approximately $1,297.304.76 for the district this year.
The figures are based on the current year's total assessed valuations of $36,647,027 for district patrons in Lawrence, Barry and Newton counties.
Superintendent Dr. Aaron Cornman reported that the telephone system had been installed, along with the data and security systems at the new middle school building and other campus upgrades.
Cornman also told board members that surplus items are currently being stored on the first floor of the old middle school building in preparation for inventory and sale. Cornman said he hopes to have the inventory list and bid prepared in the next few months.
The district now holds the warranty deed to the former Shyrock property, adjacent to the school. Cornman said he would research costs of clearing the property, tree removal and excavation and report back to the board.
Cornman also reported the school concession stand had been vandalized three times and the Pierce City Police Department was notified.
H&M Bus Service, the contracted company that provides transportation to the district, received an exemplary school bus maintenance award for achieving 90 percent compliance during annual inspections. The Missouri State Highway Patrol issued the award.
In his report to the board, Steve Garner, high school principal, told board members the district's ACT scores had risen for the fourth consecutive year. He also said 27 students were enrolled in on-line courses and 40 dual credit courses.
In her report, Kristi Marion, Central Elementary principal, said 24 students new to the district had been enrolled, bringing the campus census to a total of 334. Transfer students came from the Aurora, Monett, Purdy, Trinity Lutheran, Crane and Joplin districts, as well as those from the states of Arkansas, Tennessee and Utah.
Marion also reported changes in the management of breakfast food service to eliminate long lines.
Gayla DeGraffenreid, middle school principal, said enrollment at that campus was 163. A total of 148 students picked up schedules at the district open house.
The next regular meeting of the Pierce City R-6 Board of Education will be Sept. 26. A special meeting will also be slated to take place this month as board members tour the new middle school facility with Werner and Associates to complete the final punch list.