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R-6 board seeking tax increase

Friday, July 5, 2013

Officials of the Pierce City R-6 School Board are seeking another tax increase, this time for teacher salaries.

Dr. Aaron Cornman said at the June 19 meeting if the district could generate an additional $86,000 a year, "we would be able to give all your teachers a $1,000 [a year] raise."

The district's current levy, at $3.54 per $100 of assessed valuation, is "currently 68 cents below what the state says is required to educate a child," according to Cornman.

Cornman also told board members that now was a good time to ask patrons for a tax increase, as they have saved the district approximately $50,000 in interest by refinancing bonds approved by voters to construct the new middle school facility.

If the district raises the levy to the state's recommended $3.54, plus the 79-cent debt service levy, patrons would be paying a total of $4.22 per $100 of assessed valuation on personal and real property. That would generate approximately $235,121 in revenues for the district.

"We need to do some serious brain-crunching on this," said Jim Barchak, board president.

Members are hopeful to get the measure on the November 2013 or April 2014 ballot.

In other business, Cornman said the baseball field concession stand roof is in need of repair. Estimated cost of the project is between $2,500 and $3,000.

Cornman said the state reimburses the district $6,131 per child annually, and the R-6 District is seeing a decline in those revenues due to a decrease in average daily attendance.

Board members also looked at bids for three separate roof projects at Central Elementary School. Leaks are present in the pre-school area, east of the pre-school area and northwest where the original building was constructed.

Guarantee Roofing, of Joplin, was the low bidder across the board at $161,110 for all three projects. The roofing comes with a 20-year warranty. The bid includes removal and disposal of the old roofing system and installation of the new.

In other business, board members:

* Accepted workers compensation insurance coverage at a cost of $30,485 per year.

* Reviewed camera system installation requirements for the district buses.

* Approved a memorandum of understanding with the Pierce City Police Department to have an officer on district grounds during the school year for 10 to 15 hours per week. Additional duties have yet to be established.

* Approved an annual lease agreement with the City of Pierce City for use and maintenance of the Robert E. Kluck Memorial Baseball Park.

* Approved a contact with Melissa Brown for occupational therapy services for the 2013-14 school year.

* Presented Cornman with a plaque of appreciation for his years of service to the district.

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