Fulton School Board sets tax levy, reflects on summer school

The Fulton Public Schools Board of Education set the tax levy for 2014 (fiscal year 2015) at its meeting Wednesday night.

The total tax levy was approved by the board at $4.2306 — $3.4894 of that is the operating tax levy and $0.7412 is for the debt service levy.

Last year’s total levy was $4.2906, an amount lower than the latest approved levy.

The Callaway County Assessor’s Office assessed the district at just over $166 million, but another assessment came back with a $172.3 million valuation. The district levied $0.1067 more than necessary because of the assessed valuation increase, which resulted in an over collection.

With a lower levy than last year, the board is essentially trying to level out.

In other business, FPS Summer School Director Lynne Engle gave a presentation on the 2014 summer school program Wednesday.

More than 300 elementary, middle and high school students took advantage of the four-week program, which focused on individual student needs.

Elementary students attended math and reading classes, with more than 13 children per class. Reading specialists gave children pre and post tests to see how they improved throughout summer school.

Reading, language arts, social studies and math courses — 18 sections total — were taught at the middle school. The average class size was 7.67 students, and 42 students were participating in more than one class.

The high school summer school offered credit recovery classes. Classes with the highest enrollment were speech (30), health (24) and personal finance (14). Once completed, three students graduated from Fulton High School.

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