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PHS Board approves tentative tax levy

PRINCETON — The proposed tax levy for Princeton High School and a new web page for students and staff were on the agenda for the Princeton High School Board of Education.

At Wednesday’s meeting, the PHS Board approved a tentative 2013 tax levy which seeks $5,202,813 in property taxes, payable in 2014. Final board approval is expected in December.

In further detailing the proposed tax levy on Thursday, Superintendent Kirk Haring said the proposed tax levy represents a 2.3 percent increase over the current year. The Bureau County Supervisor of Assessment’s office is projecting the equalized assessed valuation (EAV) for PHS could be down by about $100,000. The district’s projected EAV is about $248 million. The new tax rate is projected to be $2.03, down from the current $2.05, Haring said.

In his report at Wednesday’s meeting, Principal Andy Berlinski announced a new web page is now available within the school for students and staff. The new web page, TigerCentral, will automatically load when students and staff open the Internet. The web page will include videos, highlights, and articles will be used as a tool to promote the many positive things the students are accomplishing, he said.

Berlinski and PHS technology Director Steve Morton worked on the new web page for a month before unveiling it to students and staff this week. A media club, organized by the 21st Century Grant program, will give students the opportunity to take pictures, videos and interview each other for articles for the web page, Berlinski said.

“I am looking forward to seeing the content they put together,” he said.

Also at Wednesday’s meeting, the board gave authorization to Haring to apply for a School Energy Efficient Grant, which has a value up to $250,000. If the district receives the grant, he will recommend using the money to replace the roof on the science building and also to replace windows throughout the building, which are two of the larger projects still left to be done, Haring said.

However, the energy grants are prioritized and ranked according to need, based on, in part, a district’s EAV, Haring said. Since PHS is fortunate to have a nice EAV, he is not overly optimistic about getting the grant, but he still thinks he should apply, the superintendent said.

In staff news, the board accepted the resignations of Jason Bird, boys soccer coach, and Katie Sayler, as Student Council adviser, effective June 2014. The board also appointed Deb Dullard as director of guidance to replace current director Brian Church upon his retirement.

The board also recognized Kiley Korey, Brittany Hayes, Anna Zehr, Makenna Osborn, Jake Reeverts and Brock Griffin as November Students of the Month.

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