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Last Meeting of the Year for NCOE School Board

The NCOE School Board met for their regularly scheduled meeting on December 19th.

The School Board approved the 2018 tax levy as presented by Mr. Vollman. Amounts levied were $900,000 for education; $205,993 for operation and maintenance; $106,000 for transportation; $26,000 for working cash; $165,000 for municipal retirement; $130,000 for tort immunity; $21,000 for special education purposes; $125,000 for social security purposes; and $26,000 for fire prevention and safety.

The Board also voted to abate $181,239 in bond payments that will be paid from the one percent tax monies received. This amount is a property tax relief and not included in the current levy.

During the meeting, the resignation of Ben Austin, music/band teacher, was accepted. The Board voted to employ Gregory Neff as his replacement. The Board also accepted the resignation of Jim Tucker as assistant junior high baseball coach. Jim Tucker had also presented a retirement letter with the intent to retire in 2023. The Board accepted his letter.

The Principals all reported that the Winter Arts/Chili Supper was a success. All of the schools have participated this month in collecting canned goods for the local food pantries.

Mr. Haley, high school principal, told the Board that Mrs. Tawny Henson and the FCCLA set a new record of over 3,500 loaves of bread baked this year.

NCO’s kindergarten through 4th grade Christmas program was well attended this week and all of the children did a great job. Booth will hold their program tonight, December 20th.

Mrs. Carter, Booth principal, wanted to thank various donors for recent contributions to Booth School. The Knights of Columbus and the Masonic Lodge have donated coats and gloves for students in need; Operation Now is bringing in backpacks of food once a month for several students; and monetary donations have been received from anonymous donors. The community members have purchased pizza for the entire Booth school for a pizza party.

Mr. Vollman shared with the Board that the District was awarded the EPA Clean Diesel Rebate Program in the amount of $60,000 for four of the district’s buses. This will be applied to the purchase of the new busses.

In other business the Board:

* Agreed to let bids for gas/diesel products at the January 2019 meeting.

* Agreed to the bus purchase agreements.

* Agreed to Banterra Bank’s proposal for sponsorship for scoreboard replacements at the high school.

* Agreed to post for home economics/art teacher/FCCLA sponsor.