It will take nearly $40 million to run USD 250 for the 2008-2009 school year, if the proposed budget submitted Monday night to the USD 250 Board of Education is approved.

It will take nearly $40 million to run USD 250 for the 2008-2009 school year, if the proposed budget submitted Monday night to the USD 250 Board of Education is approved.

The budget calls for total district expenditures of $39,805,597. Total expenditures during 2007-2008 were $35,534,789.

“We feel this is a good budget,” said Rich Ellis, board president.

He stressed that there will be no increase in taxes. “We stayed true to our intent to keep the aggregate mill levy at 2006 levels,” Ellis said.

The rate will remain at 51.376. Estimated taxes to be levied will be $7,319,941.

Robin Dexter, interim superintendent, John Staton and Lita Biggs, Director of Business Operations/Treasurer, met July 23 with Dale Dennis of the Kansas State Department of Education, and his recommendations were addressed and incorporated into budget.

The proposed budget will be published in The Morning Sun, and will also be available at the Bevan Education Center, 510 Deill. A public hearing on the budget has been scheduled at 6 p.m. Aug. 11 at the Bevan Education Center.

District Judge Don Noland appeared before the board to discuss funds for the Pittsburg State University truancy counseling program. He said the program has been in existence for 25 or 30 years, and currently has 42 families enrolled.

“Truancy cases are a high priority for the court,” Noland said, with truancy often just the tip of the iceberg in regard to family problems.

Truancy cases are evaluated, and families referred to the PSU counseling program.

“The entire family receives counseling, and more than 90 percent of them complete the program,” Noland said. “If they don’t, they’re sent back to the court.”

The program has worked well, the judge said, but state funding has been cut.

“We’ve never asked for a penny before, but now we’re asking each of the school districts in Crawford County for $1,500. Pittsburg is the first we’ve asked.”

No action was taken on the request.

In other agenda items, the board did the following:

• Approved a contract with Crossland Construction as provider of construction management services for additions to Meadowlark, George Nettels, Lakeside and Westside Elementary Schools.

• Heard a presentation by Tremco, Inc., representatives regarding a comprehensive roof management system for the district.

• Heard the first reading of the USD 250 Anti-Bullying Plan.

• Heard first readings of the K-12 Visual Arts Curriculum and the K-8 Educational Technology Curriculum.

• Approved purchase of PowerSchool upgrade software.

• Approved purchase of a house at 408 W. Eighth for expansion of the Westside playground.

• Approved employment of Lisa Amershek as Title I reading teacher at Lakeside Elementary School.