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District 20 budget, tax request up.

No one comments before school board approves spending plan.

As usual, no one spoke at two public hearings Monday night where District 20’s budget and tax request for the coming year was explained.

During the board’s regular meeting, the budget and tax request were approved.

Through a PowerPoint presentation, superintendent Mike Teahon showed how the district plans to spend $9.1 million.

Salaries and benefits, at $7,154,154, take up most of the total.

Future budget authority, or authority the district can use to increase its budget if needed, is the next largest item budgeted at $1,174,226.

Teahon noted that the amount, which the district doesn’t plan to spend, was managed outside the budget in previous years but now must be included. That accounts for a 9% increase over the 2010-11 spending plan.

The tax request rises 9.4%, to $5,600,450, because of a $566,413 drop in state aid.

Valuation in the district increased by about $40 million to $484,7766,851 which reduces the state aid the district receives.

Still, the levy rises only 1%—from 1.193 to 1.194—which translates into a $1 increase on a $100,000 home if property valuation remains the same.

For the building fund, used for the purchase of or improvement to school facilities, the district is requesting $200,000. However Teahon said no major projects are planned.

In other action, the board approved Gothenburg State Bank, First State Bank and Great Western Bank as official depositories of district funds.

During other action, the board:

approved option enrollment requests for Brittany Harms, third grade, and William Harms, kindergarten, of Cozad, to option into the district. Kyle Black, fourth grade, and Stephanie Black, eighth grade, were allowed to option into the Brady school district.

learned that NeSA (Nebraska State Accountability) test results have been sent to parents. Curriculum coordinator and junior high principal Ryan Groene noted that comparing local NeSA scale scores each year in subject areas is helpful in gauging student progress.

heard positive reports about how students like the newly remodeled cafeteria and extended food offerings.

School officials have met with the contractor to determine what items are left for construction to be completed in the $1.1 million renovation of the Community Building.

were informed that 49% of high school girls and 61% of boys are involved in one of five fall sports and that Gothenburg will host two district events—softball on Oct. 6-7 and wrestling on Feb. 10-11. Officials are deciding what they should return to the walls of the Community Building in terms of athletic awards and memorials.

discovered that Gothenburg will host the Greater Nebraska Superintendents group at the Monsanto Learning Center Sept. 22 and 23. School and city officials are also discussing the expansion of the concession area at the four-plex.

Teahon said some of FFA trees planted near the greenhouse the organization leases will be moved to the school campus. He noted that the sale of the 100R building is pending because the original deed doesn’t match stakes.

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