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January 26, 2020

12/18/2019 10:15:00 AM
Unit 3 hopes to get more out of new levy
By BLAKE NASH
Daily News

Palestine Unit 3 school board members hope to see an increase in the district's anticipated revenue after approving the 2019 tax levy Monday.

Interim Superintendent Jo Campbell said the aggregate levy request of more than $1.6 million should bring about a slight increase in income.

"This request reflects an anticipated increase in the district's Equalized Assessed Value (EAV) of property, resulting in a slight decrease in the tentative tax rate and a slight increase in anticipated revenue," Campbell explained.

The board also discussed a proposal to make Wabash Communications the district's internet service provider for 2020-21.

The consensus from the board was that Wabash could provide data transmission and high-speed internet, which would help the district out next year and the proposal was approved.

A conflict with school graduation dates forced the board to make a scheduling change. Because Palestine Grade School's eighth grade commencement is scheduled for Monday, May 18, the board meeting will be moved to 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 19.

Board member Jeff Besing provided a "thank you" to Autumn Burkettt and the student council, along with about 60 students at Lunch With the Law.

"It was a wonderful event and we raised $300 for Toys for Tots," Besing said.

The district's winter art show and band concert is scheduled for 5 p.m. Wednesday at PGS. However, it will not take place if school is canceled again.

The same can also be said about the winter music program. The program is scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday at PGS.

Following a closed-door session, the board approved hiring Shara Keen as an elementary paraprofessional.

Board members reminded district residents to visit the "CUSD 3 Facebook" link on the district's website, www.palestinecusd3.net, for information on school closings and other activities.





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