The Trenton R-9 board of education yesterday adopted a tax levy that is seven cents higher than last year.
The assessed valuation in the school district is down by over one point three million contributing to some two thousand dollars less in local tax revenues.
The new levy will be just over four dollars 33 cents (4.3336) on 100 dollars of assessed valuation. While that's up, it's the second lowest for Trenton R-9 in the past ten years. Assessed valuation is 74 million, 217 thousand. Local revenue is projected at three million 216 thousand dollars. The annual secretary of the board report was approved-- showing a 35 percent fund balance, two tenths of a point more than last year. That percentage has varied less than two percent since 2010. June 30th fund balance, or the reserve, tops three and a half million dollars. ($3,533,652)
On a split vote of five to two, the board accepted a proposal from Ag Instructor Kabel Oaks to proceed with a laboratory to be associated with the food science and technology course. Purchase of equipment, construction work, and other upgrades of an old industrial arts building is projected to cost 55 thousand dollars. The Metcalf Acres Ag Club account has nearly 27 thousand dollars. Over ten thousand ($10,397) is sought in a matching grant from DESE. That leaves 18 thousand to be born by the district.
In favor were Kevin Bailey, J-D Pash, Martha Roberts, Jenny Croy, and Doug Franklin. Opposed were George Moore and Brandon Gibler.
Carrie Roeder resigned as a special education para-professional.
Among other action, early graduation at the end of the first semester (December) was approved for two seniors Alexis Hagan and Katie Klasse; May 17th was chosen for the THS graduation; 278 dollars of interest money earned by two funds will be released to the Jewett Norris Library; and approval was given to an updated conflict of interest and financial disclosure policy.
Reports were given by Kris Ockenfels on summer projects; by Taya Ray on the I-pads initiative; and by Becky Albrecht on the comprehensive school improvement plan that was developed by a committee and adopted by the board in 2012.
She described progress in meeting the goals as â€śahead of scheduleâ€ť with consideration to be given next year on developing another set of goals, identifying strengths and concerns, objectives and strategies, on the next multi-year plan.
Mrs. Albrecht also presented Trenton R-9's annual performance report which she described as showing great improvement â€“ the newest rating is a 95; compared to a score of 80 last year. Regarding the standards, Trenton overall had 100 on graduation;98 on academics; 95 on attendance; 90 on college and career readiness; and an 82 with
the sub-groups. Progress has been shown in each of the buildings: Trenton middle schools' score was 97; Trenton high school 86; and the Rissler elementary with an 84.
Mrs. Albrecht said as a district, English Language Arts is the subject of most concern;and Math is the subject of highest performance.
The R-9 board also met in executive session for personnel and a student issue.