Meeting: Greater Jasper Schools

The Greater Jasper School Board met Monday and:

• Adopted the corporation’s 2022 budget. The advertised budget is $42,036,814 with a tax rate of $1.7855 per hundred dollars of assessed value. The rate will likely be set at $1.10 per hundred dollars of assessed value once it’s adjusted by the state. The budget includes about $1.75 million to the rainy day fund, $9.33 million to debt service, $20.25 million to the education fund and $10.7 to the operations fund.

• Approved the 2021-22 school improvement plans, which are submitted annually to the Indiana Department of Education. One of the main goals of the plan is to focus on literacy and vocab development.

• Accepted a bid for $30,502 for parking lots next to the north lot off of Fifth Street, which the corporation currently owns.

• Heard from some attendees, including a Jasper High School student, opposing masks in school. Board President Bernie Vogler said the board appreciated the comments and will still be moving forward with the plan set to begin Oct. 4. “It doesn’t suit everyone, but that’s where we are,” he said. “The health of our children is the No. 1 thing.”

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