DANVILLE — The Danville Board of Education on Monday voted to place the renewal of the school income tax levy on the May ballot. The 1.25 percent school income tax, if passed, would generate about $660,000 in income annually for the 10 years it would be in effect. The school income tax does not apply to income such as pension benefits, Social Security, child support or workers compensation. Treasurer Mary Payne said if the renewal fails, the district’s expenses will outpace revenues by about $800,000. Board member Darrel Severns said the board is asking for the same amount of money which is in the current levy and will actually save election expenses by extending it to a 10-year period. He said that should indicate to taxpayers the board will continue to operate frugally and responsibly, and stay within budget as much as possible for the next decade.
In honor of School Board Recognition Month, Superintendent Dan Harper presented certificates of appreciation to the board members for their of service: Carolyn Addair, 22 years; Charlie Bratton, eight years; Andrea Inverso, eight years; Brent Kaylor, six years; and Darrel Severns, six years.
With regard to personnel, the board employed Josh Middleton as head track coach for the 2013-14 school year and appointed Denise Cherrington to the local professional development committee. It granted an eight-week leave of absence to Ann Henry beginning Jan. 15, advanced Seth Snow to the masters level on the salary schedule due to completion of requirements and retroactively approved a number of volunteer drivers to transport Mock Trial team members to a competition held in Cincinnati on Jan. 10 and 11.
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