By Steve Capps
For the Star-Gazette
Higher taxes were discussed at last week’s meeting of the Beardstown school board. The district is looking at further reductions in state aid at the same time as it faces looming needs to upgrade the HVAC system in Gard School.
Superintendent Reggie Clinton told the board they would not necessarily need to levy any new taxes, but they would likely need to end some current tax abatements. Illinois recently announced it would pay only 85% of state aid to the district during the next fiscal year.
These numbers have been long anticipated by the district. Budgets have been cut to make up for the shortfall. Even the ventilation problems at the elementary school have been on the board’s radar for some time. The upgrade is an overdue scheduled task that is starting to become a problem.
The HVAC project will cost about $400,000 according to Clinton. He anticipated half that would be grant money while the remaining half must come from local funds. He said this amount could be raised by reducing the amount of current tax abatements for a single year.
“A $50,000 dollar homeowner is looking at a $200 increase in taxes for one year,” Clinton said. No action on this issue was taken by the board.
In personnel action, resignations were accepted by Philippe Nogues, French language facilitator MS/HS, JC Fogan Loche, full time high school French language facilitator to part-time high school French language facilitator and Rita Lindley, after school day care at Grand Ave.
Employment aides include Brenda Guerrero, one to one special education early childhood.
Extra-curricular positions included Michelle Weber, high school student council and Sam Frazier, FFA. Other changes were Sara Brannan, three-hour dishwasher split shift at Gard and Debbie downs, three-hour dishwasher at Gard.