FREDERICKTOWN — The Fredericktown Board of Education got some unwelcome news at its board meeting on Tuesday. Treasurer Pat Miller announced the district’s water service availability charge is increasing by almost $3,000 a year. She said the water service availability charge is based on the size of the water meter and what is known as a capacity factor. The cost at the administration building will go from about $10 per month to over $1,000 a year, and the availability rates for the building on Stadium Drive have increased from $10 per month to $150 per month. Those prices do not include the actual water usage costs.
Board member Tom Seymour suggested contacting the Village Council to explore ways to reduce the increase, stating that the schools are not like a commercial business that uses water to produce a revenue-generating product, and therefore should not be assessed a water availability charge as if they were.
Prior to the regular business meeting, the board reorganized for 2014. New board member Patty Miller and re-elected members James Blanchard and Charles Streby took the oath of office. Routine annual actions were approved and Streby was elected president of the board and appointed student achievement liaison. Jim Wagner will serve as vice president and the board’s representative to the Fredericktown Community Development group. Miller was assigned to the legislative liaison committee, Seymour was appointed the Knox County Career Center contact person and Jim Blanchard will represent the board at the Parks & Recreation committee meetings.
Besides approving routine fiscal actions, the board accepted a $200 donation from FT Precision to the 21st Century grant program for miscellaneous expenses and accepted the donation of hats, gloves and scarves to the elementary school from area families and churches.
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