Tonganoxie USD 464 holds line on mill rate; Smith resigns from board
The Tonganoxie School Board approved, 5-0, the proposed 2016-17 budget for USD 464.
Superintendent Chris Kleidosty’s proposal calls for a budget with a slightly lower mill rate.
The 2016-17 proposed budget, which is being published in the legals portion of the B section, calls for a mill rate of 60.398. That’s a slight drop from the actual 2015-16 rate of 60.402.
A mill is $1 in taxes for every $1,000 in property valuation.
Kleidosty pointed to three factors keeping the mill rate flat: increased property valuation in the district, increased state aid and balances of bond and interest funds being down from the previous year.
A budget hearing will take place during a special meeting at 6 p.m. Aug. 22 at the Tonganoxie Elementary School Library. The board voted, 5-0, in favor of the proposed budget and subsequent public hearing. Dan Hopkins and Kay Smith were not at the meeting.
At the hearing, patrons will have the opportunity to voice concerns and ask questions about the proposed budget. The board will then decide after the hearing whether to officially adopt the budget.
Kleidosty said capital improvements likely would be on tap in 2016-17, including a new track at Beatty Field and practice fields at the Tonganoxie Middle School/Tonganoxie Elementary School campus. This would allow TMS students to practice near the school and not be bused to the high school campus for after-school practices.
Kleidosty added that the state normally has suggested some tweaks to the proposed budget. This year, there were no suggestions from the state. Kleidosty commended central office employee Ann Clark for her assistance in forming the budget.
Smith resigns as board member
A longtime Tonganoxie School Board member is leaving USD 464’s governing body.
Kay Smith, who first joined the board in 2003, resigned last week, according to Kleidosty. In her resignation submission, Smith did not give a reason for her intention to resign.
The board accepted her resignation, with fellow board member Kris Grinter praising Smith after the vote.
Board meetings are recorded and can be watched on the district’s website, generally starting with the following day.
Grinter looked at the camera and said she had a message for Smith in case she ever watched the meeting online.
I would like to thank Kay for all of her years of service,” Grinter said. “Many, many years.
“We’re going to miss her.”
Smith’s resignation was submitted early Aug. 2. Her husband, Doug Smith, successfully won the Republican primary in the Leavenworth County Commission’s Third District race later that day. No Democrats filed in the race, so he is the next county commissioner representing the southern portion of the county.
The board will be accepting applications for interested patrons wanting to serve out the remainder of Smith’s term. The board would then select a replacement after an interview process. Kleidosty said he anticipated an appointed board member could begin with the October meeting.
School starts next week
Tonya Phillips, director of educational programs, updated the board on the upcoming school year.
Teachers will report Friday for orientation sessions, while the first day of school, a half day, is next Wednesday, Aug. 17. The first full day is Aug. 18.