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Hermes: Taxes should drop

SPRING VALLEY — Spring Valley residents are going to see a slight drop in their taxes thanks to a decrease in Spring Valley Elementary School District's tax levy.

Superintendent Jim Hermes told the board last week that residents should notice about a nickel drop for every $100 of equalized assessed valuation.This is despite an overall drop in the EAV for the district, which dropped about $200,000 from the previous year to $72,579,311.

“I don't see that changing,” Hermes said.

The total tax levy including the bond and interest fund is expected to be $2,091,866, which is a drop of $59,389 from the year before. Hermes said this comes from a decrease in payments for retirees, etc. The district has a much younger staff than in the past, according to Hermes.

In other business, physical education and health teacher Kellie Brandt gave a presentation to the board on the Admoto app used by many teachers in the junior high. The app is similar to a social network for classes that allows the students to upload homework and do quizzes from home or at the school. The app is not only good for teachers and students but also reduces the use of paper.

Brandt also discussed changes to the health curriculum to include more in-depth coverage of sexually-transmitted diseases and other issues such as drugs.

“What these kids know about this stuff is scary,” Brandt said.

Health classes went from two days per week to three. Parents will receive a letter notifying them of the changes and will have the opportunity to have their child opt-out.

The board also honored seven students for making Judges Choice at the IESA Speech Contest. Honorees included: Fifth grade, Abigail Draper and Regina Scarpaci; sixth grade, Hailey Newton and Riley Reed; seventh grade, Kaylin Condon; and eighth grade, Kaitlyn Huston and Tess Montez.

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