Board to wrap up budget talks, discuss privacy policy

By The Mercury

USD 383 school board members are set to have one of their last budget discussions about the 2015 fiscal year on Wednesday.

According to agenda information, a current consideration is to raise the mill levy to 52.49 mills, up 0.04 from fiscal year 2014.  A mill is $1 in tax for every $1,000 in assessed, taxable property value.

For a property owner with a home assessed last year at $100,000, taxes that raise money for the district would go from $557.18 to $570.46, also accounting for a 2.3-percent average annual increase in home value.

The board will be asked to approve a notice of a budget hearing on Aug. 20 for answering questions about the proposal.

In addition to the budget discussion, board members will address the district’s student privacy policy. The board revised the policy after the Kansas Senate passed the Student Data Privacy Act. The law restricts the sharing of students’ grades and other information, including “biometric data,” such as handwriting and facial expressions.

The board will be asked to approve a final version of the revised policy.

The board of education also will hear a progress report about Manhattan Virtual Academy, the district’s online education program, which was implemented this year after USD 383 terminated its contract with its previous provider.

Wednesday’s meeting will be at 6:30 p.m.

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