By EDWARD HUSAR
Herald-Whig Staff Writer
The Mendon School Board recently approved a $2.56 million tax levy for the 2012 tax year.
While the levy is up about 4.2 percent from the amount of taxes extended to the district from Adams County property owners last year, the district's overall tax rate is expected to stay unchanged at about $4.54 per $100 assessed valuation, according to Superintendent Diane Robertson.
The new tax levy includes about $446,500 for bonds and interest -- roughly the same as last year.
Also at its December meeting, the board approved the creation of a "health reimbursement account" to operate within the employee health insurance program effective Jan. 1. Robertson said the HRA is expected to save the district about $100,000 annually.
Robertson reported that the district continues to receive visitors and requests for information about the district's innovative one-to-one learning initiative that it launched in the fall of 2011.
Robertson said nearly 125 people from schools in Illinois, Missouri and Indiana have visited so far along with legislators, alumni and representatives from consulting firms, universities and charter schools.
In other action, the board:
º Agreed to meet in special session Jan. 12 at the Board of Education office to conduct the board's annual planning retreat.
º Approved Chase Hildebrand as a volunteer coach for the middle school boys basketball team.
º Learned that regional office of education and life-safety compliance visits are to be conducted in January.
º Recognized Brooklyn Moore as the high school student of the month for December.