The Lansing Board of Education has approved the school district’s 2018-2019 budget.

The Lansing Board of Education has approved the school district’s 2018-2019 budget.

The budget was approved when board members met Monday evening.

The net expenditures in the 2018-2019 budget are $33.184 million.

The budget calls for a mill levy of 58.949 mills.

The mill levy is used in determining property taxes. The mill levy for the 2018-2019 budget is decreasing slightly from the previous year’s mill levy.

The vote to approve the budget came after board members conducted a required public hearing. Superintendent Darrel Stufflebeam said no one from the pubic addressed the school board during the hearing.

The budget was unanimously approved.

The school board also approved an agreement with the city Lansing for a school resource officer.

Stufflebeam said the school district had a school resource officer at one time. But there has not been a school resource officer assigned to the Lansing public schools in recent years.

Stufflebeam said the topic of a school resource officer was discussed during a recent joint meeting of the school board and Lansing City Council.

“Both the City Council and school board thought that was a great idea,” he said.

He said the school resource officer will be a member of the Lansing Police Department who works in the schools.

Stufflebeam said the officer will be based at Lansing High School but will visit the other schools in the district.

The superintendent said the officer will provide a variety of safety and security services to the schools.

Per the agreement, the school district will compensate the city at a rate of $35.06 per hour for the time the officer works in the schools.

Stufflebeam said the officer initially may be assigned to the schools on a part-time basis but eventually will be at the schools on a full-time basis.

“The city is transitioning this officer into the school district,” he said.

Also Monday, board members approved an agreement with the University of Saint Mary.

The university will use the swimming pool at Lansing High School for USM’s new swimming teams.

“It won’t interfere with any of our Lansing teams,” Stufflebeam said.

Per the agreement, USM will pay the Lansing school district $5,000 per year to use the pool for training sessions, and $300 for each swim meet.

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