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School district approves tax levy, mill rate

The New Richmond School District approved a projected tax levy of $15,642,277 for the 2018-2019 school year, as well as a 9.963 mill rate, during the district's annual meeting Monday, Sept. 17.

The 2018-2019 tax levy sees a .62 percent increase from the 2017-2018 budget, but the district's mill rate decreased by .632 from the previous year. For every $100,000 of assessed property value, tax payers will pay $996, which is a decrease of $63 from last year.

Some of the major budget items for the 2018-2019 budget include a $204 per student increase in state per pupil aid ($690,132 total), an increase in the revenue limit for 45 FTE pupil increase, a 2.17 percent increase in staff wages and a 3.7 percent increase in health insurance. The district also added a full time math coach, a math and ELA interventionist for students, a behavior coach — which was funded by Westfields, an eighth grade ELA teacher, an EBD teacher for the elementary, a speech language assistant, a high school assistant principal and a school resource officer — funded by the community education levy.

The school district authorized the school board: to make temporary loans for current operations according to statutory requirements, to sell school property not needed for school purposes, establish salaries for school board members, reimburse board members for actual and necessary expenses incurred when traveling in performance of duties, establish accident insurance for students and to set Monday, Sept. 16, 2019 at 6 p.m. as the time and date for the 2019 annual meeting.

Regular meeting

During its regular meeting, the school board approved several personnel requests as well as heard reports from the district administrator, in addition to a pair of presentations from staff members.

The school board approved the following personnel requests:

• Tiger Pack staffing — the addition of a third staff member in the afternoons at Paperjack Elementary to accommodate an addition of a student with special needs; the addition of AM and PM staffing at Hillside due to an average of 75-80 students every morning, and 60 students every afternoon with three students with one-on-ones during school; having two openers to reduce the pressure to get a substitute should the opener call in sick, and allows for two staff on site at all times.

• Increase in hours for a special services para at Hillside Elementary — the addition of 30 minutes per day to Amanda Schug's work day to be used for IEP scheduling.

• Additional paraprofessional at the middle school — the addition of one seven-hour per day special education paraprofessional to be placed at the middle school for the 2018-2019 school year.

• Leave of absence for Laura Feyma

The board also approved the removal of charter status from the NR4Kids, which is identified by the Wisconsin Department of Instruction as District NCES: 5510620 and School NCES: 02757. The district will continue 4K programming in collaboration with its NR4Kids sites through a community based model.

District administrator Patrick Olson's report included a 2018-2019 enrollment update, a short discussion about the 2019-2020 calendar, a brief statement about Living Well Together, approval of an agreement with FamilyMeans to provide therapeutic mental health services to the district and a review of the 2018-2019 school board calendar.

Jordan Willi
Jordan Willi is a reporter for the New Richmond News. Previously, he worked as a sports reporter at the Worthington Daily Globe in Worthington, Minnesota. He also interned at the Hudson Star Observer for two summers and contributed to the Bison Illustrated sports magazine at North Dakota State University.
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