Gifford school levy to increase

GIFFORD — Gifford Grade School’s tax levy will increase by 9.23 percent.

While the tax rate will drop from 2.6412 to 2.6228 per $100 equalized assessed valuation, the levy will climb from $1,203,795 million to $1,314,932 million, based on a projected EAV increase of $4,557,755 million.

The current EAV of $45,577,546 million is expected to climb to $50,135,301 million.

The biggest levy increase will come in the educational fund, where the district will levy at its maximum rate of 1.8819, bringing in $943,496, up from $861,963.

The operations and maintenance levy is projected to increase by $14,799.

Lead-testing results reviewed
The school board also reviewed lead-testing results of water supplies in the grade school.

The test, conducted by Ideal Environmental Engineering, showed four sinks and one drinking fountain exceeded lead levels of 5 parts per billion. They will be replaced.

The largest reading was in kitchen prep sink, which had a reading of 53.7 ppb, while another kitchen prep sink had a reading of 26.3 ppb. In all, three kitchen prep sinks will be replaced.

Also recording higher-than-allowable limits were a sink in Room 101 and a drinking fountain outside Room 218.

Lead testing is required for any pre-kindergarten through fifth-grade school built before Jan. 1, 2000.

Gifford Grade School was built in 1939-40 with seven original classrooms.

The old gym was added in 1947; four south rooms were added in 1953-53, including two on the bottom floor and two on the top; the 1963-64 addition included the current library, kitchen and main offices on the lower level, and upstairs above that addition; the new gym was added in 2007.

Perfect attendance
The board also learned 68 students had perfect attendance for the first quarter.

Overall, the school had a 96.4 percent attendance rate.

The board also abated the annual bond payment, which is being paid using the 1 percent sales tax money.

The board also entered executive session to discuss litigation.

dhinton@rantoulpress.com


 

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