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WATERLOO — The Board of Education on Monday is expected to give final approval to a $185 million 2018-19 budget, including a 3.2 percent decrease in overall tax collections.

The board meets at 6 p.m. in the Education Service Center, 1516 Washington St.

A public hearing on the budget will be held at the beginning of the meeting prior to the board’s vote.

Tax collections would total $39.67 million for Waterloo Community Schools’ property owners during the fiscal year starting July 1, down from $40.98 million this year. Officials have proposed a tax rate of $14.57 per $1,000 of taxable value, a 41-cent drop from this year’s rate.

For the owner of a $100,000 home, taxes would drop $43 to $810 on the district’s portion of the bill. Taxes on commercial property of the same value would drop while taxes on similar agricultural land would see an increase. Commercial property owners would pay $1,311, or $37 less than now, and agricultural land owners would pay $793, $81 more.

In other business, the board will consider approving:

  • A $977,158 bid from Mid-America Golf and Landscape to install artificial turf at Memorial Stadium. The Lee’s Summit, Mo., company offered the lowest of four base bids in the project. The proposed contract also includes alternates for different turf system products and two inches of aggregate under the turf rather than one inch.
  • A $997,058 technology purchase for life cycle replacement of computers and expansion of the district’s initiative to provide one device for each student in certain grades. The laptop, desktop and tablet computers will benefit at least students or staff at eight elementary schools plus all middle and high schools. The one-to-one initiative, which has targeted sixth- and seventh-graders, will be expanded to eighth-graders at the middle schools and freshmen at the high schools.
  • A 2018-19 contract with the Waterloo Education Association, which includes a 4.98 percent base salary increase.
  • An amended Waterloo Career Center furniture bid to include a $35,026 award to Storey Kenworthy of Cedar Falls for the multipurpose Allsteel chairs and stools. The furniture was not included in the larger contract at the last meeting over concerns that it wasn’t the lowest price.
  • A revision in the 2018-19 school calendar approved at the last meeting to take off two additional teacher professional development days at the end of the year.

Education Reporter

Education reporter for the Courier

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