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Lewis Central board to examine revenue, music department requests

Lewis Central board to examine revenue, music department requests
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The Lewis Central Community School District Board of Education is expected to approve a budget guarantee that would include a small increase in the local levy and set a hearing date for the district’s 2018-19 budget. The board will also vote on a music department trip to Orlando, Florida, and the purchase of new band uniforms at its next regular meeting.

The board will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Educational Resource Center, 4121 Harry Langdon Blvd.

When a school district’s enrollment declines by a larger percentage than its revenue increases, it is eligible for a budget guarantee. This allows the district to raise its local tax levy to ensure that it will have 101 percent of the total program costs from the previous year, not including any guarantee the district may have received then — which, in Lewis Central’s case, was $600,000. School officials estimate the guarantee for next year’s budget would add 9 cents per $1,000 assessed valuation to its levy and generate $126,318, according to board materials.

Lewis Central saw a decline of 65 students in its enrollment for the 2017-18 school year. State aid for instructional purposes is based on the number of students, so the district will see a significant decrease in funding next year, Superintendent Mark Schweer said.

“Even with the budget guarantee, we’ll still be down $434,000,” he said.

The administration is recommending that the board hold a public hearing on the 2018-19 budget at 6:30 p.m. on March 19.

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The board is expected to give a green light to a proposed music department trip to Orlando in June 2019. The trip would involve about 200 members of the Lewis Central High School Band and Choir. The department would hold numerous fundraisers to raise money for the trip. The students would take buses to Orlando June 5, 2019, perform at a Disney property and a Universal Studios property and return on June 10, 2019.

In addition, the band is requesting approval to purchase 100 to 125 new uniforms, which would be paid for by the Lewis Central Booster Club. The band solicited bids from four companies and received a bid from Fred J. Miller of Miamisburg, Ohio, of $491 per uniform.

The board will vote on the first reading of 16 policies. The only change the administration is recommending is to change school elections from September to November in odd-numbered years.

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