LANSING — The Lansing Elementary School District 158 Board of Education approved its 2017 tax levy by a 6-0 vote last week.

District business manager Mark Crotty said the 2.1 percent increase approved over the previous year's levy is in line with the increase in the Consumer Price Index and will generate an additional $500,000 for the district.

He said the total amount of the levy is $21.2 million.

"I think the board acted responsibly taking into account all factors and did a minimal increase, which is CPI," board President Robert Bonifazi said. "And I think unanimously we felt that was a responsible thing to do both for the students, the district and for the taxpayers of Lansing."

In other business:

* District Superintendent Cecilia Heiberger said eight families have been challenged to prove residency since the start of the school year, and that six have been able to do so.

"Two have been removed from our district," Heiberger said.

She said two or three families are typically removed from the district each year due residency issues.

* Just like its neighbor Sunnybrook District 171, District 158 will take part in a one-year free trial with a company called YellowFolder to place many of its paper documents into a cloud-based file storage system.

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