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Belgrade schools to hold town hall meeting on mill levy

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Posted: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 10:47 am

Belgrade School District officials will host a town hall meeting to discuss the upcoming mill levy election.

The meeting gets underway Thursday, April 24 at 7 p.m. at the Belgrade High School auditorium.

The Belgrade School Board wants to secure a $112,200 general fund levy for the high school. That money will go toward updating the math curriculum and replacing aging textbooks or making the switch to digital learning.

The high school money would also be used to pay part of a new district nurse’s salary and fund a human resources position.  

In the elementary district, trustees are asking voters for a maximum levy amount of $711,849. The money will also be used to update curriculum materials.

The elementary district also needs six new teachers to accommodate rapid student growth. The district must hire one teacher for first grade and another for third grade along with two teachers for both fifth and sixth grades.

Elementary levy money would also be used to pay for a share of the nurse’s position and the HR hire. Some of the pot would be spent re-instating positions that were cut last year when Belgrade voters shot down a levy.

Those cuts include a full-time custodian, playground aides and food service employees.

For more information about the general funds levy, visit belgradeschoollevy.org.

Mail-in ballots for the levy and trustee elections go out in mid-April. They are due back to the Gallatin County Clerk and Recorder on May 5.

In an effort to save money, the Belgrade School Board voted to let the district refinance four bonds from 2004, 2005 and 2009. The district, working with D.A. Davidson to secure the best possible refinance rate, ended up locking in a new rate that will save taxpayers $564,491 over the life of the bonds.

In total, three bonds will be refinanced, one in the high school district from 2005 and two in the elementary school district from 2005 and 2009. The district will pay off the 2004 bond from the high school in 2015, so there was no need to refinance it.  

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