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Frazier property owners face tax hike

| Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Frazier School District property owners will see an increase in the millage rate for the 2009-10 year.

After making some cuts and other budget tweaking, the board Tuesday adopted a final budget that includes at .285 millage hike.

That brings millage in the district to 12.555.

The board passed a balanced $15 million budget.

Three board members were not present to cast a vote. They include directors Vicki Olexa, Dave Simmons and John Keffer.

The vote came after a work session where the board decided to eliminate the vacant position of an online program teacher, which shaved $71,078 from the original spending plan.

However, the board decided to add a $14,000 afternoon education program that was supposed to be coordinated by the online program teacher. Those duties will now fall to another high school teacher.

"This is a difficult time. I understand it and it's a difficult decision," said Frazier Assistant Superintendent Donald Martin. "Our teachers would make it work, regardless."

In other business,

• The board voted to approve a three-year agreement with Dell computer to lease 400 computers for senior high students with a yearly lease payment of $57,061 with a buy-out option of $13,000.

• The board named Janet Reed as the middle school reading teacher effective 2009-2010 school year.

• The board approved the program, which is an online program that allows parents to view meal activity, provides nutrition education, and allows parents to make prepayments to their child's online account.

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