HG board passes final budget

by Steve Ottman
Review Correspondent

HOWARDS GROVE—The Howards Grove School Board approved the final school budget of $10,700,353 for the 2016-2017 school year at their regular meeting Monday by a vote of 5-0.

The tax levy was also approved, with a levy of $4,053,582 for the 2016-17 school year, also by a vote of 5-0. The mill rate is $8.97 per $1,000, a decrease of $0.58 or 6.07 percent.

The student count was 841 on the third Friday of September, which dropped the three-year average to 847 students.

State aid for 2016-2017 increased by $4,859.78, an increase of 1.4 percent.

The board members approved a newly formed Family, Career & Community Leaders of America Club until the end of the school year, when it will be reviewed again.

Two high school students explained that FCCLA will help develop career skills in grades 9-12. It will also assist in developing a better community and develop a mentoring program to connect students, families and the community.

FCCLA will promote healthy living and is opportunity for students to lead. Cost for joining the club is $15.

High School Principal Scott Fritz feels that the club will grow quickly.

Sara Bornheimer was appointed to be the school’s ACT ASPIRE resource person. Bornheimer will help with ACT preparation and work with select students.

Superintendent Chris Peterson and one office member will help canvas for the November referendum vote/election.

Peterson also gave the board a referendum update.

He is currently meeting with village organizations and residents to answer any questions on the $4.7 million referendum specifically for the construction of an auditorium, with remaining funds going to address other capital improvement projects and improve technology infrastructure.

The referendum will appear on the Nov. 8 election ballot.

Peterson also said that, if the referendum passes, the 2017-2018 expected tax levy would raise taxes $0.38 to $9.35.

Board President Mark DeAmico thanked Peter and Bridget Krautkramer for a donation to the Middle School Music Program and Zoetis Inc. for a donation to the FFA program.

Kohler Co. donated an assortment of 24 machines to the high school tech ed department.

DeAmico also thanked the PTO for a large donation to all three schools for various student activities throughout the school year and for donating proceeds from the Spring Color Run to the middle school.

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