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CWC Unit 5 Board approves tax levy

The Carmi-White County Unit 5 school board met Monday night for their December meeting.

The 2017 tax levy was approved. It will be extended in the summer of 2018 and they will spend the money during the 2018-19 school year beginning July first.

The board accepted a worker’s compensation bid from “The Zenith” for a total premium of $54,149, which is about 12.6% less than the expiring premium. It covers the period of January first to December 31st 2018.

They established a Building and Grounds Committee, which was recommended in the District’s Strategic Plan. The Board President will make the appointments to the committee.

The Board will look into changing the method used for a bank depository. Superintendent Brad Lee recommended they either continue the current rotation of depositories extending the term to four or five years, use only one local bank and determine which bank provides the best services through a bidding process along with the length of the term, or name one bank as the permanent depository. They will select one of the methods no later than the March 2018 Board meeting.

The District has received its two state aid payments in November totaling $446,923. They are still owed $47,651. They also received $52,072 in November from the one percent sales tax.

In the Superintendent’s report, it was noted school will be closed from Thursday, December 21st through Monday, January first, 2018 for Christmas vacation. Staff will return to school on Tuesday, January 2nd for a full day in-service. Students will return on Wednesday, January 3rd.

Lee also thanked the staff from each school for the hard work that they and their students put in to present the various Christmas programs.

In other business, the board accepted the resignation of Nancy Snyder as dishwasher at the Lincoln School effective December 20th, accepted a family and medical leave act request from Ariana Watts beginning on about February 27th, 2018 until the first day of the 2018-19 school year, and approved $350 in donations to the Brownsville school.

The Board went into closed session at 7:30 pm and approved Jill Roark as a 5th Grade volunteer assistant girls basketball coach for the 2017-18 school year.