2012-02-18 / News

Income, real estate tax receipts up slightly

By Charles Prince


The former Liberty Union Middle School is now just a memory. Demolition debris is still being removed, but the building has been razed. The smokestack will be taken down soon. The cleared site will be paved for a new parking lot this spring. Beacon aerial photo by Charles Prince. The former Liberty Union Middle School is now just a memory. Demolition debris is still being removed, but the building has been razed. The smokestack will be taken down soon. The cleared site will be paved for a new parking lot this spring. Beacon aerial photo by Charles Prince. BALTIMORE – Income tax revenue for the Liberty Union Thurston School District is inching up, Treasurer David Butler told school board members Monday night.

Income tax receipts are up about four percent from last year, but still behind the 2008 peak. Real estates tax receipts are also slightly ahead of last year.

In other business, Superintendent Paul Mathews said the structural steel is going up for the new maintenance building. It’s the district’s last major structural project.

He said there are some issues with the roof at the new middle school so a reinspection of the membrane roof system is planned. The problem with hot water clogging some filters has been resolved. “There were water balance issues,” Mathews said. “Rate was about twice what is should have been. It has been adjusted.” That appears to have solved the problem.

Board members unanimously approved a softball team spring trip to a tournament in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina during spring break. A boys and girls cross county team training camp this summer at Hocking Hills State Park was also approved.

Supplemental contracts were approved for:

• Krista Azeltine, varsity boys track;

• Jared Stewart , varsity baseball;

• Bill Putnam, varsity softball;

• Ashleigh Miller, Tim Smith and Jake Kemmerer, high school assistant track coaches;

• Michael Schmidt, JV baseball;

• Jennifer Lauvray, JV softball;

• Susan Steffen, junior high girls track;

• Seth Williamson, junior high boys track;

• Doug and Monica Mix, high school softball volunteers;

• Jared Whittington and Chaz Gibson, high school baseball volunteers; and track volunteers.

Resignations for retirement were accepted from elementary school teacher Becky Blackstone and head high school cook Shelby Hieatt. Both were thanked for their many years of service to the district.

Julie Mirick resigned as high school and JV cheerleading advisor prior to the end of her contract. Her salary was reduced and junior high cheerleading advisor Jaime Peardon will act as interim advisor for the rest of the season.

Taylor Barnett and Sam Fisher were honored as the students-ofthe month. Barnett is the daughter of Graig and Susan Barnett. The senior is a four-year varsity soccer player, a 4H member and a member of the Interscholastic Equestrian Riding Team. Fisher is the sone of John and Tamara Fisher. The sophomore participates in football, wrestling and FFA.

The new county superintendent, Dan Montgomery, attended the meeting. He plans to restart an annual county-wide meeting for school board members this May.

“You’ve invested well in your district,” he told board members.

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