Mendon School Board approves $2.1 million tax levy

Posted: Nov. 20, 2012 9:35 am Updated: Dec. 11, 2012 1:15 pm

Herald-Whig Staff Writer

MENDON, Ill. -- The Mendon School Board last week passed a $2.1 million tax levy that's expected to cause no change in the district's tax rate of $4.54 per $100 assessed valuation.

Superintendent Diane Robertson said the levy is about 4.3 percent higher than the $2.027 million tax extension the district received in the 2011 tax year. However, the overall tax rate is not expected to change because the district's equalized assessed valuation has risen by about 2.8 percent since last year when the EAV stood at just over $54 million.

In other action at its monthly meeting, the School Board approved the district's annual audit and learned the district has been issued an "early warning" designation by the Illinois State Board of Education. Robertson said the financial designation resulted because of a significant drop in revenue from the previous year while expenses remained relatively unchanged.

Also at the meeting, the board appointed Shari Shupe, a former board member, to fill the vacant seat on the board caused by the recent death of Guye Dedert.

The board discussed the possibility of electing board members in the future "at large" rather than by congressional township, but no action was taken.

The board's bylaws currently preclude having more than three board members from any one congressional township, and the board already has three sitting members from the township that covers the cities of Mendon and Ursa -- the district's two biggest populations centers. This posed a problem when the board sought to fill Dedert's vacant seat and had trouble finding qualified candidates from outside the main population centers.

Robertson said the board may revisit the topic next year. She said the board opted not to put any sort of election-procedure question on the ballot in the April 2013 election.

Robertson reported the board remains on track to name a new superintendent sometime in December. The board interviewed six prospective candidates last month and is expected to narrow the field to two or three finalists who will be interviewed a second time.

The new superintendent will take over next July 1, replacing Robertson, who is retiring.

The board also:

º Hired Rich Meyer as middle school volleyball coach.

º Approved Beulah Muegge as a full-time bus driver.

º Approved a request to form a self-funded dance squad at the high school.

º Recognized Luke Muegge as high school student of the month for November.