O’FALLON – At the O’Fallon District 90 meeting on Dec. 18, the board approved the 2018 tax levy as it was presented. The amount raised through the 4.99 percent levy will be $17,671,817.50.
$9,494,269.81 will be applied to the education fund, while $2,712,648.52 will be for operations and maintenance purposes.
$813,794.55 will be used for transportation purposes and $339,081.06 will be applied to the working cash fund.
$525,143 was levied for Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund purposes and $601,231 for social security purposes.
$339,081.06 will be applied to fire, prevention, safety, energy, conservation, handicapped accessibility and school security purposes, while $2,371,855 will be used for tort immunity.
Finally, $135,632.43 will be applied to special education purposes, and $339,081.06 will be used for leasing of educational facilities or computer equipment.
According to the board agenda, Dina Thurlow of the St. Clair County Clerk’s office believes the anticipated EAV (estimated assessed value) growth will be an increase of about 3.783 percent for the district.
In other business…
The board also approved an intergovernmental agreement between District 85, District 104 and District 203 to post a job for a shared transportation director.
The agreement came as a way for the districts to provide transportation services for all of their students more economically and efficiently by sharing the services and costs associated with providing such services among themselves.
Under the agreement, District 90 would be the employer of the transportation director and also establish the job description for the position. The other districts within the agreement will share the costs associated.
“We have the most routes, the most students, the most busses — so it makes sense for us to be the administrative agent,” Superintendent Carrie Hruby said.
“There are a lot of districts that do it themselves and there are a lot of districts that take this on, so we think we owe it to the public and to our district to take it seriously.”
The board also approved the job description of the transportation director.
Board President John Wagnon said that the upcoming board academy will have its first session on January 22 at the O’Fallon City Hall chambers.
“I’m really excited about the board academy,” Board Member Mary Baskett said. “I really compliment the people that worked so hard on it.”
Hruby said that there will be speakers at the first board academy session. The sessions will be open to the public and prospective board members are encouraged to attend.
Board Member Rebecca Huller said that the district’s mental health board met on Thursday evening, Dec. 20.
The mental health board consists of people from the community and the district and its goal is to “see what the community can do together to help support District 90 students.”
Hruby said that there are mental health professionals, such as psychologists, therapists and psychiatrists within the mental health board.