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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Newburg School District looks at ways to end deficit spending

  • NEWBURG — The Newburg School District Board of Education approved the formation of an exploratory committee for the possible creation of a tax levy during its monthly meeting Thursday night, Nov. 21.
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  • NEWBURG — The Newburg School District Board of Education approved the formation of an exploratory committee for the possible creation of a tax levy during its monthly meeting Thursday night, Nov. 21.
    Superintendent John Westerman will head the committee.
    In some preliminary discussions of the idea with people within the district, Westerman reported that he has gotten mostly positive feedback.
    Specifically, the tax levy would go toward the district's operating expenses. The current levy for the school district is set at $2.75 per $100 assessed property valuation.
    Westerman proposed that a 50-cent increase in that levy would make up for the money that the district is not receiving in federal and state grants.
    "We are receiving over $150,000 less in federal dollars for the 2012-2013 school year than we were a year ago," said Westerman.
    He added that state money has gone down because the district's average daily attendance numbers are down.
    "I am not wanting to put a tax on people for ever but I would suggest a 'sunset tax' that when state and federal funding picked back up, we would no longer need this levy," he said.
    In other business:
    • Westerman updated the board on the district's construction projects. In short, the projects such as improvements to the kitchen floor are making slow but steady progress.
    • Russ Mudd, Newburg's elementary school principal and special services coordinator, said that the district's special education program could use at least one more teacher or case worker.
    The district currently has 64 students in the program but he explained that the case load for each of the teachers is overwhelming.
    • Junior High Math Instructor Tye Copeland updated the board on vocational programs that are taking place. The district currently has 33 students at the Waynesville Career Center, most of whom are involved in the auto tech program, welding masonry and hospitality tracks.
    In addition there are 76 students in the business tech program. They have been job shadowing and have brought in some guest speakers to talk on career choices.
    n•School board candidate filing dates begin on Thursday, Dec. 12, at 8 a.m. and end on Tuesday, Jan. 21, at 5:30 p.m.
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