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August BOE Brief Recap

The Board of Education held its regular meeting at Piper High School on Monday, August 13. Below is a brief summary of meeting discussion and action.

  • A hearing for the 2018-2019 budget was held to provide the public an opportunity for comment to the Board. Community patron and executive of Business West, Murrel Bland, addressed the board to request that make all attempts to ease tax burdens on property owners. Superintendent, Tim Conrad, shared that the proposed 3.38 mill increase is less than the projected 6 mill increase. The overall mill levy of 61.804 is consistent with levies in 2009-10 when Piper Elementary School West opened to students.
  • Piper Educational Foundation president, Martha Bach, presented the foundation’s yearend report which included a summary of fundraising activities and events hosted by the foundation. Some of the events included the Community Festival auction which earned more than $17,000, the alumni dinner which hosted more than 200 guests, and Trivia night which raised $8,800. Mrs. Bach also discussed some of the foundation’s planned activities for the upcoming year, including the first Piper Educational Foundation Breakfast which will be held at Piper High School on Friday, October 12.
  • Mr. Conrad provided the board with an update on the design and planning for the new 3-5 elementary school. The district is finishing negotiations with the Unified Government on sewer and road improvements that need to be made to support the new school. The required neighborhood meeting for the project will be held Thursday evening at Piper Elementary West. Letters were sent to adjacent property owners as required by law. Representatives from the Unified Government, DLR Group, and the Piper School District will be available to address questions or concerns from the public.
  • During his Superintendent’s Report, Mr. Conrad updated the board on current enrollment statistics. Numbers are fluctuating and schools process new enrollments as well as transfers out of the district. As of Monday, August 13, there are 138 new students enrolled in the district. There are currently three grade levels that have more than 200 students. Official enrollment count will take place on September 20.
  • The board voted 7-0 to approve building action plans as presented to become part of the overall district strategic plan.
  • Board members voted 7-0 to approve a repurchase agreement which would allow the district the opportunity to pursue other investment opportunities for bond proceeds to find the highest available interest rate.