Technology Bond to be Used Again, by BPS

BEATRICE – The Beatrice School District has approved the use of technology bond financing for the coming school year.  The cooperative program with other districts allows the school system to levy up to one-cent of property tax support.

Finance Director for Beatrice Public Schools, John Brazell says the district has used the technology bond for the past three years.

:29                  “into the next year”

Total property valuation in the Beatrice School District will not be certified until later this summer.

The Beatrice School Board conducted a public hearing on the technology bond levy, prior to approving it during the board’s regular monthly meeting.

A second public hearing was conducted to amend this past year’s budget.  The board approved the changes, which Brazell says were necessary to account for cooperative grant funding the district received in conjunction with four other school districts and to account for the purchase of two ovens in the lunch program for elementary buildings, this summer.

The cooperative fund and lunch funds were increased by $200,000, each.

In other action, the school board gave final approval to the elementary school handbook for this coming year.  Principal Betty Replogle says it sets school start times at 8:35 a.m., and dismissal at 3:31 p.m.

:13                  “after school”

Superintendent Pat Nauroth says the district is still working to finalize starting and dismissal times for the district’s new centralized pre-school for three and four-year-old children, at Cedar School.  That is pending state approval.

:43                  “go to class”

Monday night, board approval also was given to handbooks governing certified and classified staff, substitute teachers, and school board members.

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