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Canton School Board appoints new member to fill unexpired term

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Aug. 25, 2019 12:01 am

CANTON, Mo. -- The Canton R-5 School Board appointed a new member to its ranks this week.

The board selected Stacey Guilfoyle to fill the unexpired three-year term of Kate Raj, who submitted her resignation in June. Raj was elected to the seven-member board in April 2017.

Guilfoyle will hold that seat until the April 2020 elections when the seat will be up for a full three-year term.

The board also was introduced to Justin Allen, who started work this month as the district's school resource officer for the 2019-20 academic year.

Earlier this year the board approved a memorandum of understanding with the city of Canton to share in the cost of providing a resource officer. Although Allen will work primarily in the public schools, he is an employee of the Canton Police Department.

The board set the district's tax rate at $3.7510 per $100 assessed valuation for the 2019 fiscal year, which began July 1. The rate is up slightly from last year's rate of $3.7193, according to a notice announcing a public hearing held prior to the board's regular meeting.

According to the notice, the district's debt service levy remains unchanged at 0.55 per $100. What changed is the rate for the district's "incidental" fund, which rose from $3.1693 last year to $3.201 this year.

The district's adjusted assessed valuation declined from $44.62 million in 2018-19 to $44.55 million this year.

In other action, the board:

º Heard an update on construction projects from Superintendent Jesse Uhlmeyer.

º Set the non-resident tuition rate at $7,880.

º Agreed to seek bids to repair a sanitation sewer line that's failing beneath the 1956 elementary wing.

º Hired Clif Tucker as a high school science teacher, Orlie Yoder as an elementary special education teacher, Michelle Shaffer as an elementary paraprofessional, Carey McDaniel as the daycare coordinator, and Ashley Knapp-Brandenberger as the ELL/ESL/Homeless coordinator.

º Accepted the resignation of Kelli Oliver from the ELL/ESL/Homeless coordinator position.

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