Board of education approves budget proposal; residents to vote May 21

At its meeting on Tuesday, April 23, the Liberty Board of Education unanimously adopted a $48,393,178 proposed budget for 2019-20 that continues all current student programs and includes additions to increase student support and safety.

On Tuesday, May 21, residents will head to the polls to vote on a $48.4 million proposed budget for the 2019-20 school year. This proposed budget presents a decrease in spending of -$455,935 (or -0.93 percent) over the current year’s budget. If approved, it would result in a 0 percent tax levy increase in the coming year.

ALSO ON THE BALLOT

  • A no-cost referendum to transfer funds: Residents will vote on a no-cost referendum that would allow the district to transfer no more than $350,000 from its general fund to its capital fund. If approved, these funds will be used to replace the Liberty Elementary School’s gymnasium floors and mat walls.
  • Three seats on the Liberty Board of Education: Voters will select from among four candidates to fill three seats on the Liberty Board of Education.  Candidates, in order they will appear on the ballot, are as follows: Marta Illing, Philip Olsen, John Nichols, Matthew DeWitt.

Voters will cast ballots on Tuesday, May 21 in the Liberty High School gymnasium. Polls will be open from noon to 9 p.m.

“The proposed budget includes improvements that represent the district’s goal to increase student outcomes by providing a quality instructional foundation with extra enrichment and support to meet our students’ needs,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Augustine E. Tornatore said.

If approved, funding from the 2019-20 school budget would be used to:

  • create a third School Resource Officer position;
  • establish funds for a future high school MakerSpace;
  • purchase four translation devices which would provide real time, two-way translation
  • create an after-school tutoring program at the middle and high school;
  • install additional security cameras at the middle and high school; and
  • purchase field maintenance equipment for the soccer, softball and baseball fields.

The school budget vote will take place on Tuesday, May 21, at Liberty High School from 12-9 p.m.

Printed copies of the budget statement will soon be available in the main office of each school building in the district, the business office and the Liberty Public Library. The annual budget newsletter will be mailed to all residents in early May. In the meantime, residents can learn more about the budget online at this link.

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