The Cherokee School Board approved a budget for the 2007/08 fiscal year that calls for a slight increase in total property tax for the school district.
The total property tax rate will go from about $15.14 per $1,000 taxable valuation to about $15.35.
John Chalstrom, superintendent, explained that most of the increase comes from a decrease in the total taxable valuation in the district. Some of the increase comes from an increase in the levy for the drop-out prevention program.
It was noted that a few years back, the district had a tax rate over $18. The reduction from that high resulted from the Local Option Sales Tax revenue being applied toward the district's bond debt, decreasing the levy for debt service. Besides property tax and a one cent sales tax, the district has a 4 percent state income tax surtax.
Several personnel matters were taken care of following the public hearing on the budget.
Resignations were accepted from Craig Tillotson, sixth grade teacher; Travis Schueller, eighth grade science teacher; Mollie Loughlin, middle school language arts teacher; Margaret Mishler, family and consumer science teacher and Lorene Smith, secretary.
The board approved contracts for Jolene Hultgren as a high school science teacher and Jessie Weishaar as head debate coach.
The board heard a report from Dan Mourlam, the technology director, for the district, on his first year of updating technology and providing training.
He also explained his future plans for improving access to and knowledge about technology.
Administrators at the meeting praised the job Mourlam was doing.
The board approved an increase of five cents for lunches. The cost for a lunch will go from $1.45 to $1.50 with a multi-meal ticket and from $1.50 to $1.55 for an individual meal. The price of a meal for adults will go from $2.15 to $2.20.