The superintendent plans to discuss Proposition B at Wednesday’s Board of Education meeting in Concordia. Click to hear KMZU’s Kristie Cross speak with Superintendent Mary Beth Scherer:
Scherer said Missouri currently has the lowest tobacco taxes in the nation, and an increase would help their school. If the tax is increased, it would bring approximately $60,000 to $65,000 more to the Concordia School District. “That would support a position, at least a teaching position. It would also support probably increases in salary for the teaching staff, so we could do quite a bit with $60,000 in our district,” said Scherer.
Approval of a change order for the new playground is also on the agenda. Scherer said they will be getting new, handicap-accessible equipment at the elementary school. The change is a decision to increase the size of the sidewalk, which could prevent delivery trucks from having to drive over the playground. They also plan to discuss and approve technology upgrades for the district. Scherer said they have been behind in past years due to budget constraints.
That meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday in the High School Library Media Center.