Westville school board approves tax levy

Westville school board approves tax levy

WESTVILLE — School officials recently approved a $2.33 million tax levy for the upcoming school year that is expected to generate an additional $105,335.

Superintendent Jim Owens said at least half of the additional revenue would go toward retirement benefits.

Owens said he expected the assessed valuation of property in the district to increase only slightly next year, so the tax rate will increase about 1.6 percent to generate the additional revenue.

In other business, Owens said  the district applied for a $4.3 million grant to build an early childhood center on the north side of Judith Giacoma Elementary School.

The district has about 50 children between the ages of 3 and 5 in two classrooms on the east end of the school.

Owens said the grant would allow the district to build a 20,200-square-foot addition onto the north side of the school, which would enclose the playground and square off the north side of the building. The proposed addition would include six classrooms, a multipurpose room, restrooms and office space.

If the district receives the grant, Owens said he would like to see up to 200 students served by the early childhood center, and to include before-school and after-school care programs. The district would also have to hire additional staff.

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