Protested taxes, and surplus property among items discussed by trustees

Outlook staff writer

At Monday’s School Board meeting, the board discussed accessing CHS protested taxes which total 25 percent of the district’s total levied taxes. District Business Manager, Donnie McVee said that due to the previous protest, the district has minimal reserves available to retain a positive cash flow between tax collection cycles and board approval is needed to request the release of protested taxes.
The recommendation to request protested tax funds from Yellowstone County was passed.
The board also discussed a draft resolution calling for the school building bond election on November 7, 2017. McVee said Yellowstone County runs the elections. An October date was initially sought, but it conflicted with other elections in the county. The vote will happen at the next board meeting and has to be called 70 days in advance. The draft resolution was prepared by Dan Semmens of Dorsey & Whitney LLP, out of Missoula.
Disposal of the districts surplus property was the next item discussed. McVee presented a list of nearly 2,000 items that were no longer of use to the school district and recommended adopting the resolution regarding property “abandoned, obsolete, undesirable or unsuitable for school purposes of the Laurel School District.”
Items include a 2013 Bluebird 24 passenger bus, a greenhouse, various computer and electronic equipment and textbooks
McVee said a resolution declaring surplus property must be approved by the Board of Trustees. The public is then notified via the newspaper and a waiting period of 14 days is required to allow for taxpayer appeal.
The garage sale is scheduled for August 4, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
In other business:
• The 2017-18 bus routes were approved
• Minor changes to the high school student handbook were approved
• The 2017-18 Laurel After School Program handbook was approved
• The Responsible Use Policy for technology for each grade block was approved in K-2, 3-5, 6-12
• A secretary, maintenance worker and two aides were hired by the district


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