BCS property tax rate drops, board takes action on COVID-19 – The Advocate-Messenger
The Boyle County School Board of Schools on Thursday unanimously approved property tax rates for the 2021-2022 fiscal year, lowering the rate from the previous year’s compensatory rate from 70 cents per $ 100 to the rate compensating for this exercise of 66 cents per $ 100.
“This is a powerful victory for our community, whose taxes are reduced by 4 cents for every $ 100 of property,” said Superintendent Mike LaFavers.
CFO Nick Clark added, “And we’re still getting the same amount of revenue, basically, that we got last year, excluding new properties.”
In the General Real Property Fund, revenues are projected at about $ 7.3 million at the compensatory rate of 66 cents per $ 100, and under Personal Assets in the General Fund, they are projected at about $ 1 million. at the compensatory rate.
As part of its actions, the board also unanimously approved four elements relating to the 2021-2022 school year related to COVID-19:
• Creation of an additional full-time district school health nurse position for the school year, funded by the emergency relief funds for elementary and secondary schools, not the general fund. LaFavers said the district needs the district health coordinator Nichole Brown for contact tracing, which can sometimes leave some buildings without a full-time nurse.
The new nursing position would allow a full-time nurse in all buildings and Brown to supervise the nurses, travel around the district for contact tracing purposes, and also try to start a clinical program that will target the district has the capacity to offer testing for diseases such as strep throat.
“It’s to help us get through another complicated school year, but it’s not a long-term plan,” LaFavers said. “But we can certainly pivot when the time is right for a long term plan for nursing.”
• Creation of an additional “certified teacher: home position and virtual learning” for the school year. It is also through ESSER. LaFavers said it was too early to say if the district will need the position, but as the school year progresses and the district monitors its COVID-19 cases and quarantines, the need may. occur.
• Also funded by ESSER, the board approved the hiring of additional backup staff due to COVID-19 quarantine or isolation for the year. If a teacher is quarantined, it allows them to be streamed live in the classroom while a substitute teacher makes sure students are safe and also teaches. This allows students to keep their professors at bay while having substitute professors in person.
• Approved a resolution regarding quarantine leave for the school year. In August, the Kentucky Department of Education required masks in schools regardless of immunization status and also passed emergency regulations allowing schools to offer quarantine leave to employees, which the district decided to offer on Thursday. If an employee has COVID-19, they will be granted paid leave, but if they are quarantined and still able to work from home, they will be able to telecommute at the discretion of supervisors with written documentation. This also applies if the employee’s child is quarantined due to COVID-19 – he will be able to telecommute while staying at home with his child.
In other cases:
• The board of directors unanimously approved the hiring of architects Clotfelter Samokar for the softball field design project. LaFavers said the district has yet to choose a location for the land. The architects will review the properties and potential growth of the neighborhood, bring their ideas for the location to the board of directors, and work to establish a planned location from there in the future.