The Mulberry Grove Board of Education met Monday for a tentative tax levy hearing. Superintendent Brad Turner presented the tax levy information and the board approved a tentative tax levy of 9.0% for 2017. A truth in taxation hearing will be scheduled in December before final approval of the tax levy.
In the financial report, Mr. Turner said fund balances are staying fairly strong except for the transportation fund. The district borrowed from working cash for transportation. The district received the first sales tax check of $8,690.00 from the one percent increase in Bond County sales tax. General state aid payments continue to arrive on time but no categorical state aid payments for transportation and special education have been received. The state has not paid the final payment from last year or the first payment for this year.
Seven Mulberry Grove FFA members presented a report of their trip to the National FFA Convention, in Indianapolis. In addition to the convention, students attended a career fair, toured Fair Oaks Farm – a huge dairy and hog operation near Indianapolis, visited Hunter Honey Farm, and Conner Prairie.
More than twenty students and parents attended the meeting in support of starting a high school girls’ basketball program. Tina Tompkins presented the proposal highlighting the statistical importance of student participation in athletics.
Following a closed session, the board accepted the resignation of Trisha Taylor personal aide in the elementary school. They hired Katherine Hebenstreit elementary school personal aide and Kate Jolliff elementary basketball coach.