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NH proposes slightly higher tax rate for ’15

The North Harrison Community School Corp. Board of Trustees is expected to adopt its 2015 budget at its Oct. 9 meeting.
The school corporation’s superintendent, D. John Thomas, presented the proposed tax rate of 80.15 cents per $100 of assessed valuation during a budget hearing Sept. 11 in the North Harrison Middle School cafeteria. This year’s rate is 77.22 cents.
Thomas said he advertised the rate high to guarantee the maximum levy and protect and maintain a cash balance and because of unknown variables, such as the total assessed value of the township. (Thomas used the assessed value of this year, which is $429,747,276.)
Board member Gary Byrne asked Thomas to ‘sharpen your pencil and shave some more’ from the budget, to which Thomas said, ‘I’ve looked at it.’
The proposed tax rate is lower than rates a couple of years ago; it was 84.44 cents in 2012 and 82.44 cents in 2013.
The budget hearing was followed by the board’s regular monthly meeting that included eight appointments ‘ Cody Johnson, fifth-grade boys’ basketball coach; Chris Rawert, sixth-grade boys’ basketball coach; Ross Schulz, seventh-grade boys’ basketball coach; Marcus Burgher IV, eighth-grade boys’ basketball coach; Mark Scott, director of maintenance for NHCSC; John Thomas, volunteer academic team sponsor; Michael Napper, volunteer seventh-grade volleyball assistant coach; and Don Elgan, corporation bus driver ‘ which were unanimously approved as a group and a separate one that involved discussion. (In late items, two other appointments were approved: Jeffrey Heilig and Bruce Todd, both as maintenance employees.)
The ninth one was to approve Joe Hinton as a volunteer assistant girls’ basketball coach, an item that has previously been on the agenda but never approved.
Byrne made a motion to amend the request, which asked to approve Hinton, who is a member of the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame, as a volunteer assistant basketball coach ‘to scout for the team and break down the scouting reports to the players.’
While making the motion, Byrne said he didn’t see other volunteer coaches with detailed job descriptions in the requests.
Thomas said the wording is what girls’ basketball coach Missy Voyles asked for.
‘I don’t see that it needs to be changed,’ board member Veronica Battista said.
The motion failed by a 2-3 vote. A motion to approve the request as submitted passed 4-1 with Steve Hanger casting the lone nay vote without comment.
The board also unanimously agreed to accept a $27,865 grant from the Harrison County Community Foundation to be used to purchase iPad carts for North Harrison Elementary School.
During a special meeting last night (Tuesday), the board was expected to ratify a contract with the North Harrison Classroom Teachers Association.