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Richmond Board of Education has organized a meeting June 3 to form a steering committee for its August levy proposal.
The meeting will be held in the Shirkey Golf Course club house at 7 p.m.
The board voted 6-0 at its May meeting to place a proposal on the ballot to increase the district’s operating levy by 50 cents.
The election will be Aug. 5
Board members and administration have said passage of the levy increase is needed to improve pay and retain teachers and non-teaching staff. The increase would also be used to fund safety and security improvements at the high school and other facilities, maintain buildings and meet the district’s general operating expenses.
At its current $4.09 per $100 of assessed valuation, R-XVI is among the next-to-lowest school in its athletic conference. Only Knob Noster, which has higher total assessed valuation, has a lower levy. But it still draws more funding from property taxes, even with its $3.50 per $100 rate.
Knob Noster currently ranks third among MRVC schools with a $34,250 starting salary for teachers. Richmond ranks last among the dozen conference schools.
– David Knopf, Richmond News