Tri-Creek School Board approves $41 milllion budget

2012-10-16T20:45:00Z 2012-10-16T21:13:12Z Tri-Creek School Board approves $41 milllion budgetMelanie Csepiga Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
October 16, 2012 8:45 pm  • 

LOWELL | The Tri-Creek School Board unanimously approved a $41.15 million budget for 2013.

The adopted tax rate of $1.82 per $100 of assessed valuation will raise $17.2 million.

Business Manager Lynn Kwilacz told the board earlier that the budget figures are higher than what is expected to gain state approval and include a cushion against eventual cutting by state officials.

The general fund was approved at $23.7 million. That's $2 million more than what the district advertised last year. The advertised tax rate for 2012 was $1.42.

Also, the board agreed to revisions relative to pay and point of origin in the Tri-Creek bus drivers' handbook. The revisions are retroactive to the beginning of this school year.

Superintendent Debra Howe said a grading committee composed of parents, teachers, students, administrators and board members is studying Tri-Creek's grading and reporting system at the elementary and secondary levels.

Howe said committee members want to gather public input, and, for that reason, a Listening Post will be at 6 p.m. Thursday at Lowell Middle School. A survey online through Harmony will be available the week of Oct. 22, she said.

Those unable to go online will be able to complete the survey during parent/teacher conferences Oct. 29 and 30.

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