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R-1 will seek tax increase for air conditioning

by Kim Fickett
Landmark reporter

Students of the North Platte School District are one step closer to seeing air conditioning in their building.

At last week's meeting of the North Platte Board of Education, the board voted to place a 10¢ cent additional operating levy on the April ballot.

If the 10¢ proposal is passed, North Platte's levy will total $4.35 per $100 of assessed valuation.

The question will be put in front of district voters to determine their willingness to support air conditioning in the three buildings that are currently without that service.

Money raised from the levy will cover electrical and maintenance costs, with the installation cost to come from the school district.

The board will continue to look at their options regarding the quantity of units, as well as where to install them.

Board members also discussed the issue of a tuition reimbursement policy for those students taking on-line and distance learning courses.

The first draft of the policy examines implementing scholarship options for those students involved in the courses.

Dr. Francis Moran, superintendent of the North Platte School District said, the scholarships would pay for either 50 percent or 100 percent of the students' tuition, depending on their eligibility.

Some of the criteria the students would need to meet in order to receive 50 percent reimbursement are: scores on the MAP (Missouri Assessment Program) tests, at least a 3.5 GPA, number of community service hours and three years of no discipline referrals.

Moran stated that while most scholarships would be 50 percent reimbursement, a few may qualify for the 100 percent scholarship reimbursement. The decision would be based on the students' scores on the MAP tests throughout the years and total community service.

According to Moran, the first draft of the policy will undergo fine tuning before the board makes a definite decision. The board would like to see a final policy in place by spring.

The board also heard about the seniors' ACT scores, which showed 41.2 percent scoring above the state's average.

The district will also be looking to continue the recycling program and will look for grants to help fund that program, since the county is no longer offering it.