WCCSD lowers budget tax rate

At a special meeting on Thursday, the Webster City School District Board of Directors approved an adjustment to the budget tax rate.

Originally, the tax rate was set in the district’s certified budget at $15.60, about $1.27 higher than it is currently. Superintendent Mike Sherwood said the tax rate was set higher at that time because the state of Iowa had not yet come to a decision on allowable growth for the next school year.

Since the budget was certified, allowable growth was set and the board adjusted the tax rate down to $14.33, which Sherwood said is at or slightly below where it was at last year.

The board also approved a contract settlement with the Webster City Educational Services Association, WCESA, which was negotiated last week. Sherwood said the settlement includes reduced premium costs and a 35 cent increase on per hour base pay. He said the settlement includes proposed or anticipated fees from the Affordable Care Act for employees. The WCESA has not yet ratified the agreement.

In other business, the board:

Approved a contract with Active Thermal Concepts for asbestos removal at Pleasant View Elementary and Sunset Heights Elementary schools for $17,460.

Received a purchase agreement from Apple Inc. for the one-to-one technology initiative, which will be finalized at the June 24 board meeting.

Accepted a $130,000 grant from the Webster City Education Foundation to support the one-to-one initiative. Sherwood said he appreciated the contribution, which he said was very generous.

Approved the resignations of Jordan Sheahan, second grade teacher at Sunset Heights, and two bus drivers, Dave Entriken and Harvey Hindley.

Approved the contract recommendations of Brian Kierzek and Julie Swanson for High School science, and Molly Buse for High School english.