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USD 333 board approves 2019-2020 budget

A 2019-2020 operating budget that includes a slight reduction in the tax rate from the previous year was approved by the Unified School District 333 board of education during its regular meeting on Monday night.
Proposed total expenditures for USD 333, including cooperatives, is $25,879,436, compared to $22,773,471 in 2018-19. The estimated tax rate is 46.803, down from 46.934 the previous year.
The actual tax rate for 2017-2018 was 48.717 mills.
The proposed general fund expenditures for 2019-2020 are $8,537,526. That is an increase from $8,068,179 in 2018-2019.
Supplemental general (local option budget) expenditures are set at $8,537,526 with an estimated tax rate of 15.373 mills, compared to actual expenditures of $2,542,121 in 2018-2019 with a tax rate of 15.724 mills.
Proposed capital outlay expenditures are $1,937,326 with a tax rate of 8 mills. Actual capital outlay expenditures the previous year were $953,590.
Superintendent of schools Quentin Breese said that he thinks it is worth being noted that out of the district's $25 million budget, $2.4 million is the contribution from local tax payers.
In other action taken during the meeting, the board approved a contract with HTK Architects, Inc, Overland Park, Kan.
HTK Architects will work with McCownGordonConstruction, Manhattan, on possible facility improvements and construction.
The district had previously entered into an agreement with McCownGordon to serve as the Construction Manager At-Risk on possible facilities improvements.
Possible improvements could include projects at the Concordia Junior-Senior High School, the Concordia Elementary School and the USD 333 Service Center, the former Middle School.
Breese said that the administration will have an initial meeting with HTK Architects and McCownGordon on Thursday.
“Where we start is on the needs side, and then we see where the rest of the pieces fit,” Breese said.
Learning Cooperative of North Central Kansas contracts approved by the board include an occupational therapy agreement with Rachel Kueker, a nursing services by arrangement agreement with Accessible Home Health, Inc., a physical therapy agreement with Republic County Hospital and an interlocal agreement with North Central Special Education Cooperative, Phillips County, for Marlene Nelson to provide hearing impaired services.
The board met in two separate executive sessions, totaling 40 minutes, for the purpose of discussing non-elected personnel.
Transferring Tawni Retter from Concordia Middle School library paraprofessional to Concordia Junior-Senior High School certified librarian was approved by the board.
The date for the board of education's back to school picnic was set for August 26 at 5:30 p.m. in the junior-senior high school cafeteria.
The board will have its annual retreat following the picnic.


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