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JC school board to discuss safety measures

JC school board to discuss safety measures

July 14th, 2013 in News

Measures being take to ensure students and buildings are safe and secure will be reviewed Monday by the Jefferson City Board of Education.

Superintendent Brian Mitchell said he expects the report - to be delivered by Director of Facilities Bob Weber - will further highlight the relationship the district shares with local law enforcement organizations like the Jefferson City Police Department and Cole County Sheriff's Department.

The board also might discuss again the possibility of raising the district's debt service levy.

The topic came up at the board's June meeting, and a hearing is scheduled at 6 p.m. Aug. 12 to set the new rate.

The extra tax revenue will pay down the money borrowed to build Pioneer Trail Elementary School and several other school additions funded from a 2007 bond issue.

After four years of voluntarily rolling back the JCPS's debt service levey - saving taxpayers $2.2 million - the board is considering raising it again. For taxpayers, the increase would be small: about $5 annually on a $150,000 home.

The last time the district did not "roll back" the levy was 2008. Between 2009 and 2011, the district used federal stimulus money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to temporarily protect taxpayers from higher taxes; between 2011 and 2013, board members were hesitant to raise taxes on families in a mediocre economy.

The debt service levy is $.2056 per $100 of assessed valuation. In the budget staff presented a month ago, the new levy would be slightly higher at $.2220. If raised, the new levy would still be below the maximum authorized by law and the state average.

Also on Monday, board member Dennis Nickelson is expected speak about his experiences in Washington, D.C., this summer. Nickelson traveled about his experiences in Washington, D.C., this summer. Nickelson traveled to the nation's capital to meet with members of Missouri's congressional delegation and serve as an public education advocate on behalf of the Missouri School Boards Association.

In other business, the board could:

• Approve updates to the K-12 curriculum for the 2013-14 school year.

• Adopt a proposed professional development plan for the 2013-14 school year.

Monday's meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the district's administrative office building, 315 E. Dunklin St