A review of the school report card and tax levy were focus of discussion at the Hutsonville Unit 1 Board of Education meeting Monday night.
High School Principal Travis Titsworth and Grade School/Junior High Principal Robin Karas both reviewed the annual school report cards for the board. The report cards are largely based on last year's SAT/PSAT and PARCC exams. At the grade school math numbers are improving, which Karas credits to time spent and curriculum alignment. That curriculum is now being used at the high school level and will fill in gaps as student transition between grades. The same applies to the English and Language Arts.
Titsworth said their numbers reflect growth in both ELA and Math scores and credits the curriculum alignment. Overall the science scores were at 71 percent, with the 83 percent of students attending post graduation schools or colleges.
For a complete look at the school report card go to the Illinois State Board of Education website.
Finding the right mathematical formula for the annual tax levy is a constant struggle for taxing bodies. Changing variables like the Equalized Assessed Value, multiplier and yearly growth or decline must all be taken into account. After reviewing growth numbers in both Clark and Crawford Counties of businesses and new construction.
Superintendent Julie Kraemer believes the EVA for the district will increase this year by as much as 13 percent. With that in mind she presented the board with an 8.6 increase in the tax levy over last year. Kraemer said the amount of tax an individual would pay is not necessarily going up, but the overall amount of tax money the district could collect would be around $109,000.
The board approved the tentative tax levy and will be holding a Truth in Taxation hearing preceding the Dec. 12, board meeting at 4:30 p.m. in the unit office.
The December board meeting was moved from Monday, Dec. 16 to Thursday, Dec. 12 following the Truth in Taxation hearing.
In other business the board approved the release of several closed session minutes, and directed the superintendent to go out for bids on oil and fuel.
The board approved the updated Risk Management Plan, and after an executive session to discuss personnel the following people were hired, Paula Monan as volunteer junior high volleyball coach; Alisha Chan and Julia Daniels as CCPI.
As a reminder the JH/HS Christmas Program is Sunday, Dec. 15 at 2 p.m., and the elementary Christmas program is Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 7 p.m.