2017-04-20 / Front Page

Roscommon schools seeking to renew millage

By Thomas Reznich

The Roscommon Area Public Schools Board of Education heard an ex­planation of the millage renewal which will be at issue in the upcoming May 2 election during their regular board meet­ing at Roscommon Middle School April 18.

Superintendent Catherine Erickson gave the board an explanation of the millage, which if approved will renew the current 18-mill non-homestead mill­age. She stressed that approval or disap­proval of the millage will not result in a change to the taxes paid on primary residences.

She said the non-homestead millage is only levied on commercial property, rental property, second homes and non- agricultural vacant land, and that it is needed in order for the school district to receive its full revenue from the state. Erickson added that the non-homestead millage makes up $7.47 million of the district’s $10.89 million annual budget, which pays for school staff, programs, supplies, utilities, transportation and maintenance.

Erickson also gave the board an up­date on the process of obtaining new in­surance for the school district. She said that independent insurance counselor John Karle of Grand Rapids had visited all buildings in the district recently, and commended the maintenance staff for the facilities’ immaculate condition.

Erickson said that information is still being gathered by Karle to help the dis­trict develop bid specifications for insur­ance companies to bid on. The board is to receive bids in August and take action in September, with the new insurance to be in place by Oct. 1.

During a marketing committee re­port, Board Member Amy Coulter said that a new billboard advertising the school district is in place and located on southbound I-75 near exit 264. She said the marketing committee is cur­rently working on a pamphlet and that they plan to have a table at the upcoming Higgins Lake-Roscommon Chamber of Commerce Business Expo at the CRAF Center in Roscommon May 17.

The board approved a consent agenda during the meeting which included the retirement of Roscommon High School Teacher Joyce Preczewski, the hiring of Sandy Stead as a custodian at RHS and the hiring of Talonda Finn as a parapro­fessional at Roscommon Elementary School.

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