School Board approves tax rate, debates lengthy school days

Posted on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 12:50 pm

The total length of Pike County children’s school day was a topic of discussion as the Bowling Green Board of Education gathered Monday evening at 6:30 p.m. for a public tax rate hearing, followed by their regular monthly meeting.

In the tax rate hearing, superintendent J.W. Brandt announced the proposed rate of $3.3904 (per $100), which is the ceiling amount allowed. Brandt explained to the board that this number could be adjusted, although revenue would move $10,000 per every cent raised or lowered.

Noting no additional discussion, board president Scott Smith called for the regular meeting to open at 6:37 p.m.

All members were present at roll call.

Following the unanimous approval of the consent agenda, Brandt offered a financial summary as of July 31. He explained that the annual secretary to the board report reflected the district’s expected funds, although a change would be made to the capital project fund to allow for the payment of the weight room project.

Being no discussion in the public information forum, the board moved on to new business.

In new business, it was noted that the September meeting would be held on Monday, Sept. 15 at 6:30 p.m. There will be no September work session.

The board voted unanimously to approve the $3.3904 tax rate, as well as the 2014-2015 budget.

After approving the budget, the board voted to amend it to reflect the purchase of a walk-in cooler.

Next on the agenda was the topic of this year’s school bus routes. Although they were unanimously approved, Smith voiced a concern over the length of the children’s’ school day from the time they first get on the bus in the morning until the time they are delivered back home. Available data reflected a school day upwards of 10 hours for some children, a figure which Smith said he believes is unacceptable.

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