MOUNT VERNON — The Mount Vernon Board of Education approved a measure Monday night to place a 1.38-mill renewal levy on the ballot on Nov. 8. If passed, the emergency tax levy renewal would generate $846,000.
According to Barb Donohue, treasurer, the levy has “been on the books a long time” and is being presented at a lesser millage than the previous renewal because of the adjustment in property values.
Following an executive session to discuss personnel, the board approved personnel matters that included the reduction in force of five bus drivers. The eliminated positions are the result of re-organizing bus routes with the elimination of high school busing.
Randy Krebs was hired as coordinator of transportation, building and grounds.
School lunches for high school students will increase by 25 cents up to $2.75. Lunches for the elementary will remain at $2.25 while middle school students will continue to pay $2.50. The need for an increase is a result of the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010. The act requires school districts to have an average lunch price at least equal to the amount of reimbursement the school receives for providing free lunches.