The Crossett School Board voted Monday to leave its tax millage unchanged for the coming budget year.

The school district will levy 39.97 mills during the budget year beginning July 1, 2020.

“It is our current rate,” Superintendent Gary Williams said. “We are not adjusting.”

The breakdown of the millage includes 25 mills for maintenance and operation of schools, 1 dedicated maintenance and operation mill and 13.97 mills for debt service and retiring bond indebtedness.

The district’s proposed expenditures for the 2020-2021 fiscal year include $8 million in salary expenditures; $3.8 million in instructional expenses;$2.5 million in building fund expenses; and $1.95 million in maintenance and operation expenses.

The proposed budget also includes $1,811,450 in other operating expenses; $1,559,818.76 in bond debt payments; $600,000 in pupil transportation expenses; $400,000 in dedicated maintenance and operations expenses; and $150,000 in non-bond debt payments.

In other news:

-The board voted to accept a bid from Summit Bus for a 77-passenger bus with air conditioning.

The $85,825 bid was the cheaper of the two bids the district received, and the Summit bus also has more features than the other bid, Williams said.

-The board approved the personnel list as recommended, which reappointed all district administrators at the administration building and in the elementary and middle school levels for the 2019-2020 school year.

The board did not name a principal or assistant principal for Crossett High School.

-The board voted to adopt the calendar for the 2019-2020 school year. Williams said it was essentially the same as the current calendar year except it will add one day, Columbus Day, to the fall break, which will in turn add one day to the end of the school year.

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