BOE adopts 2016-17 budget

On Tuesday, April 19, the Liberty Board of Education adopted a
$44,414,849 budget for 2016-17 that yields a -2.61 percent tax
levy increase.

From January through early April, the board reviewed and
fine-tuned the draft budget so that it would be reflective of its
annual goals related to education and resident feedback regarding
educational priorities and school taxes.

Administrators were able to reduce the tax levy – or the amount
of revenue raised through property taxes – by keeping the budget
increase to a minimum, several reductions (for example, retirement
system costs) and best utilizing an increase in state aid.

The budget proposal being presented to the community supports
the Liberty Board of Education’s long term goals to significantly
improve academic achievement by providing additional social and
emotional supports for students, increasing the use of technology
across the district, expanding enrichment opportunities and
increasing support for English Language Learners, and the growing
middle school and special needs populations.

Voters will also select from eight candidates to fill three
open seats on the Liberty Board of Education. The candidates,
listed in ballot order, are:

•  Andrew Kavleski
•  Rachel A. Reeves-Graves
•  Philip Olsen
•  Matthew DeWitt
•  Anthony Covington
•  Timothy P. Burke, Esq.
•  Cindy Prince
•  John L. Nichols

A public hearing on the budget is scheduled for May 3, and
district residents will vote on the budget May 17.

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