“It was for $253 more than we thought we could possibly get. I don’t attribute that to any skill on my part, they must have had more money to allocate,” Sauer said.
Sauer said that the grant money, equaling $2,953, will go toward camera installation at Shiloh Elementary as well as replacement of AED pads and additional two- way radios.
Board vice president Phil Brunner said that the district’s EAV is expected to rise approximately two percent this year, which will result in a lowering of the tax rate by half a cent.
Brunner also discussed the disabled veterans exemption, which will cost the district approximately 7.2 percent of the EAV affecting this year’s tax levy.
“Since that exemption has been put into place by state legislators, it has cost us roughly $535,000,” he said.
Brunner said it’s a “much deserved exemption.”
“They deserve anything and everything that we can do for them,” Sauer said of disabled veterans.
Sauer said that the Shiloh school improvement team has now held their third meeting, which took place on Dec. 11.
“Our conversations continue to be very candid, open and all centered toward progression the kids,” Sauer said. “Our focus last meeting was discussing the needs to update the consistency of our in- house assessments.”
Shiloh Elementary principal Tiana Montgomery said that the school did a door decorating contest as a fundraiser for Shiloh families in need. Students brought in money for their favorite classroom decorated door. Montgomery said that $600 was raised due to the “collaborative effort” between the students and staff.
Middle school principal Darin Loepker said that the kindergarten through fourth grade Christmas concert took place on Dec. 11.
“It’s always nice to see the elementary schoolers come over to the middle school.”
“We put 400 seats on the floor and they were all full. The stands were all full. I would say we had close to 1,000 people at the event,” Loepker said. “I have been doing Christmas concerts as an administrator for 12 years and I have never seen one this well attended. It was great.”
In other action, the Shiloh District 85 board unanimously approved an intergovernmental agreement between District 90, Central 104 and District 203 to post a job for a transportation director.