Tri-Creek schools consider levy increase

2013-09-27T13:45:00Z 2013-09-27T21:41:25Z Tri-Creek schools consider levy increaseMelanie Csepiga Times Correspondent
September 27, 2013 1:45 pm  • 

LOWELL | Tri-Creek schools is proposing a $14.8 million levy to cover a proposed $37.8 million budget.

The current levy is $13.4 million.

No one from the public attended a public hearing on the proposed levy Thursday.

Jacqueline Beery, interim business and personnel manager for the Tri-Creek School Corporation, presented figures on budgets and individual funds going back to 2008, as well as changes in the assessed valuation throughout the years.

Beery said one major budget issue is enrollment.

In the 2008-09 school year, Tri-Creek Schools' enrollment was 21 students over the previous year. However, the growing trend of the early 1980s began its descent in 2009-10 with 36 fewer students. In 2012-13, the student population was down by 42, and this school year's numbers are down by 76 students.

Beery said the entire five-year period was marked with a 206-student decrease. While there will be some numbers up in the next five years, she predicted the trend will continue generally downward.

Beery said the school district's budget has been hurt by the addition of a February official student count as well as the elimination of a three-year average count for budgeting.

The board also announced Jill Sayers, Lake Prairie Elementary School art teacher, was the recipient of the Art Education Association of Indiana Elementary Division Award for 2013.

The board accepted a $3,000 donation from Target to be used for environmental art at Three Creeks Elementary School.

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