In addition to routine items on the agenda, such as purchasing new computers and overseeing personnel changes, board members have a full schedule tonight.
Probably the most significant education policy item on tonight’s agenda is discussion of district finances, including the sale and refinancing of school bonds and whether to increase taxes for residents. Because of declining property values, North Kansas City may have to increase its tax levy. However, the district may be able to take advantage of more favorable interest rates in order to refinance existing debt, possibly saving enough money to avoid a tax increase next fall. Even if the district is able to refinance, though, district administrators caution the board may still need to increase property taxes sometime soon.
“We already know we need a new middle school in the near future,” district Chief Financial Officer Paul Harrell has written in a report to Superintendent Todd White. “Any changes to our local assessed property values will have a direct impact on the debt service fund tax levy required each year, as well as the amount of bonds we could present to voters.”
Also tonight, board members will discuss what to do about making up the one snow day from this mild winter. Adding one day to the end of the year means students would have to attend class the Tuesday after Memorial Day weekend. District administrators have asked teachers if they would be willing to give up a professional development day, allowing students to finish the school year before the holiday.
Tonight’s meeting, which is open to the public, will take place at the district’s Doolin Center; 1900 N.E. 46th St.; Kansas City, MO 64116.
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