Consolidated Follow-Up Water Test Result Shows “False Positive”
In response to a story that ran in the Thursday edition of the Janesville Gazette, the District is informing local media outlets that the following correspondence went out to Consolidated Elementary School families and staff members this afternoon:
WELL WATER UPDATE AT CONSOLIDATED ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Environmental Chemistry, the District’s contracted water consultants performed a follow-up test to the well water at Consolidated Elementary School, in response to a positive test result for total coliform reported to us on October 30th. The results of that test showed a negative result, which means our first test result was what is commonly referred to as a “false positive”.
With the negative test result now known to us, we have turned on the drinking fountains and our daily operations at Consolidated Elementary School are back to normal operating procedures.
School Board Approves 2014-2015 Budget
The School District of Milton’s Board of Education met on Oct. 27, 2014 and approved the District’s 2014-2015 annual budget. The 2014-2015 approved budget notes a 3.9% decrease in the tax levy and a 7% decrease in the mill rate for District taxpayers, while continuing to add staff and services recommended by the District’s staff and administrative team. Highlights of the approved 2014-2015 budget include:
Tax Levy and Mill Rate Decrease
-The District Tax Levy decreased $530,994 (-3.9%).
-Mill Rate is down $.64 cents (rounded) from $9.13 per $1,000 of assessed value to $8.50 per $1,000 of equalized value (-7.0%).
-State Equalized Aid, the District’s main source of revenue, is certified at $19,653,454.
This is an increase of $772,372 over 2013-2014.
Investments in Students and Staff Increase
The 2014-2015 budget also includes the following investments in students and staff designed to improve the educational experience:
-The addition of a full-time Kindergarten teacher to maintain lower class sizes.
-The addition of a full-time Social Worker to serve as a resource for students and families.
-The addition of new iPads as part of the District’s 1:1 technology program.
-Additional financial support for two support staff positions, one at the high school and one in business services.
-Additional financial support for high school athletics, including the new boys’ hockey program, event supervision, and coaching.
District Administrator Tim Schigur commented on the approval of the budget, stating “I wish to express my gratitude for the support of our Finance Committee members, the Board of Education, and District staff, who put together a fiscally responsible budget that significantly reduces the tax burden on District families while continuing to invest in our students and staff in our on-going effort to improve the educational experience in Milton”.
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