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Minooka high school board approves $21.9 million tentative levy

MINOOKA — In a short meeting, the Minooka Community High School Board of Education approved Tuesday a tentative levy for 2015 of about $21.9 million, which is about $1.3 million higher than last year’s levy.

Even so, according to Chief School Business Official John Troy, the tax rate is expected to remain almost identical to last year’s, at just under 2.54, as the equalized assessed valuation of property has risen this year by about 4.5 percent in Will County. Troy said he has not yet factored in EAV information from Grundy and Kendall counties.

The upward movement of the EAV is a welcome change in direction for the district, which saw a property valuation decline of 22.5 percent from fiscal years 2012 to 2015.

The district will hold a public hearing on the levy at its next regular board meeting.

The board Tuesday also approved the district’s curriculum guide, which outlines several new courses for the 2016-17 school year, including Spanish 5, AP statistics, advanced guitar ensemble, AP psychology, specialty animal sciences, All Things Google and world cuisines.

Troy also reported that the roof of the central campus’s cafetorium is still leaking after repairs. A possibility, he said, is a problem with the embedded flashing, which will require more invasive repairs.

The board also congratulated the girls cross country team for placing first in Class 3A at the state competition earlier this month in Peoria. It is the first time the team has placed first at state.

After a closed session, the board also approved resignations of teacher Linda Hicks and bus driver Larry Engel, as well as the employment of bus driver Kathleen Smith.

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