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W’burg School Board finalizes budget

By ANDREA FURLONG

Taxpayers in the Williamsburg School District will pay approximately $1.30 more per $1,000 taxable valuation in property taxes for fiscal year 2011, after the successful outcome of the April 8 Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL).

Prior to the vote, the board proposed a budget with a property tax levy of $14.26 per $1,000 of taxable valuation − 4 cents lower than the FY2010 levy. However, when the proposed $1.34 PPEL passed April 8 with 59 percent voter approval, property taxes automatically increased by $1.30 for FY2011. The PPEL will be in effect until 2021 and will generate approximately $3.5 million toward a preK-1 addition at Mary Welsh Elementary School.

The Williamsburg School Board approved the $15.60 property tax levy as part of the district’s FY2011 budget at a regular meeting held Wednesday, April 14. The board also approved an income surtax rate of 8 percent for the Instructional Support Levy (ISL), 1 percent higher than in FY2010.

OTHER BUSINESS

• Assistant elementary principal Mike Jepsen reported there are 186 school districts in the state that have not received state grants as part of the statewide voluntary preschool program for 4-year-old children. Jepsen said the criteria on the grant application has changed greatly from last year. He also said he believed the state is funding only 28 percent of the preschool count for schools for the 2010-11 school year.

• The board approved hiring Brenda Van Dee as an elementary secretary at $13.14 per hour.

• The board approved the resignation of Kate Belland as 7th grade volleyball coach, pending suitable replacement.

• The board approved the resignation of associate teacher Tammy Mass, effective April 22.

• The board approved changing its bomb threat policy. Board policy 804.3 reads that in the event of a bomb threat, the school will go into lockdown. Previously, the school’s policy was to evacuate the building.

The next meeting of the Williamsburg School Board will be a special meeting to be held Wednesday, April 21, at 7 p.m., in the superintendent’s office at WHS. The board will discuss the high school remodeling project and a mitigation plan.

UPDATED April 21, 2010 11:53 AM

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