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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Budget approved

  • When they met Monday, members of the Lansing Board of Education approved the district's budget for the 2013-2014 school year.
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    • In other business
      When they met Monday, the Lansing school board took up the following business:

      They approved a change to a policy regarding the enrollment of out-of-district students by elim...
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      In other business
      When they met Monday, the Lansing school board took up the following business:
      They approved a change to a policy regarding the enrollment of out-of-district students by eliminating a sentence about children of employees. Despite the change, children of employees who live outside the district still will be able to apply for enrollment in the school system.
      They approved an elementary teacher handbook.
      They selected board member Claudia Logue to serve as the board's governmental relations representative.
      They listened to reports about the Lansing Educational Foundation, high school academic achievement and bond issue projects.
  • When they met Monday, members of the Lansing Board of Education approved the district's budget for the 2013-2014 school year.
    The $36.5 million budget will increase the district's overall mill levy by 8.9 mills. That would increase property taxes for the owner of a $100,000 home by an additional $102.07 annually.
    Superintendent Randy Bagby said the reason for the mill levy increase is an increase in the individual tax levy for the bond and interest fund. The tax levy for this fund is being raised as a result of the $73 million bond issue that was approved by voters last year.
    Officials had said the bond issue could raise the mill levy by almost 12 mills, Bagby said.
    "We had superb interest rates when we sold those bonds," Bagby said, explaining why the increase is less than what had been predicted.
    Other individual mill levies within the budget also will see changes. The levy for the supplemental general fund, or local option budget, will increase slightly as will the mill levy for the capital outlay. But a special assessment mill levy will drop slightly.
    The board vote on the bond issue came at the conclusion of a public hearing on the budget. During the hearing, the superintendent reviewed information about the budget.
    "There's lots of forms," he said. "There's lots of formulas."
    But he said the budget is not that complicated when it's broken down.
    No one from the public asked to address the board regarding the budget.
    The budget was approved unanimously by the board members who were present. Board member Debbie Deere was absent.
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