London Schools will ask for levy renewal in November

(Posted June 26, 2014)

By John Crutchfield, Messenger Correspondent

On June 24, the London school board approved a resolution to place a request for renewal of the district’s 1 percent income tax on the November ballot.

According to district treasurer, Kristine Blind, this would be the second renewal for the levy. The request is for another five-year term.

The income tax accounts for about 18 percent of the district’s annual revenues, producing $3.2 million a year on average. The funds go toward operating expenses, which are estimated to be just over $19 million for the 2014-15 school year.

The resolution will now be presented to the Department of Taxation for approval. The board will need to pass a second resolution to formally place the issue on the November ballot. Blind said the process is on track to meet the August filing deadline for the Madison County Board of Elections.

Cell phone tower

In other business, Superintendent Tom Ben said he is in negotiations with Verizon regarding the placement of a 190-foot tall cell phone tower on a small plot behind the high school soccer field. Ben is seeking legal advice regarding negotiations, as well as input from other school districts that have entered such agreements.

Meal price increases

The board agreed to modest increases in breakfast and lunch prices for the coming school year. Elementary school breakfasts are now $1.30; lunches are $2.55. Middle and high school breakfasts are $1.50; lunches are $2.80. Ben said the new prices primarily reflect increases in fruit and vegetable portions.

Football field lights

Installation of the new football field lights will soon begin. According to Blind, the project has been much anticipated since one of the light poles snapped in 2011. School officials hope the old lights can be salvaged and used by another local organization.

Cell phone use

Ben is seeking input from building principals about cell phone use during the school day. He wants the student handbook to reflect more closely how the policy is being applied in the various buildings.

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