Wheaton School Board set tax levy at minimum

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Current assessed valuations total $22,044,809

Members of the Wheaton Board of Education has set the district’s incidental levy at $2.75, the minimum required by the State of Missouri.

Board members also approved the debt service levy at the ceiling of 83 cents per $100 of assessed valuation on both real estate and personal property owned by patrons of the district.

Estimated real estate receipts from patrons of the district total $16,688,625, and personal property receipts are estimated to garner $5,356,184 for a total of $22,044,809. The district is proposing to keep the operating levy at $2.75 and the debt service levy at $0.83, for a total of $3.58, the same amount as it has been for a number of years.

That rate is estimated to bring in approximately $606,232 for the incidental fund, and $182,972 for the debt service, for a total of $789,204 for the coming fiscal year.

Revenue from new construction and improvements totaled $9,880.

In other business, Superintendent Lance Massey said the opening day of school had gone smoothly district-wide.

“We are in contact with physical therapy providers to get those services started,” he said. “I don’t foresee anything drastic.”

Massey said an in-school suspension (ISS) position has been established and had already been utilized this school year.

“Going forward, I believe it will be a useful tool,” he said.

Massey also told board members that students in middle school and high school were transitioning to Chromebooks, as Apple could not upgrade the current devices to Apple 7.

“NWEA [Northwest Evaluation Association] testing is only compatible with the latest devices,” he said. “We’re working on what we need to do going forward.”

During a tour of the facilities, Massey reported to board members the Barry Electric Co-op had installed a high speed Internet pipeline that had greater capacity as a lesser cost than the district’s current provider, MOREnet.

“We’re extremely happy to have that service,” Massey said. “It will be especially helpful during testing time. It’s a great thing for us.”

The next regular meeting of the Wheaton School Board will be at 6 p.m. on Sept. 18.

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