The Jefferson City School System will maintain the same tax rate this year as last year at 13.242 mills for operations and 3.3 mills for bond payments.
The Jefferson Board of Education voted last week to approve the tax rates for its fiscal year 2009 budget.
Meanwhile, the system is facing a $240,000 budget cut due to flat state funding. State revenues have been down due to the economic conditions in the state.
“This will mean a substantial belt tightening across the board, from travel to maintenance to staff development,” said superintendent John Jackson. “Everything will come into play to meet this challenge.”
In other business, the Jefferson BOE discussed the need for building additional classrooms to meet growth over the next five years.
Jackson gave a report to the BOE on projected facility needs by the 2012-2013 school year.
JES currently has 708 students and enrollment is estimated to grow to 955 students over the next five years. Jackson said the additional students would require 15 new classrooms. The current facility has only two classrooms available.
At the high school, 695 students are now enrolled and 914 students are projected to be enrolled over the next five years. Jackson said only three classrooms are available now and more than twice that many would be needed.
On a related matter, Jackson reported that this year’s enrollment overall for the system is up four percent over last year.
For additional news about the Jefferson BOE meeting, see the Aug. 20 issue of The Jackson Herald.