LOWELL | The Tri-Creek School Corp. board approved its $37.8 million budget for 2014 recently and adopted a three-year capital projects plan for the future.
"Because (Superintendent Debra) Howe and the School Board have made a concerted effort to contain costs in every area of the school budget, the total tax rate for Tri-Creek School Corp. 2014 will probably decrease by eight cents from 2013," said Jacqueline Beery, interim business manager.
The school bus replacement fund would be supported by a $604,900 levy for 2014. The board adopted a bus replacement plan that extends to 2025.
The capital projects levy for 2014 would be $3.4 million.
The board also learned of new tech projects at Lowell High School from technology integration specialist Lindsey Hudak. Economics students are investigating why big box stores are favored over local, smaller businesses. One speech class is working with the Lake County Solid Waste Management District on ways to reduce the use of plastic water bottles, she said.
Kindergartner Rebecca Johnson and fifth-grader Abby Ingram, of Lake Prairie Elementary School, told the board about the information they keep on their data folders to track student progress.