The Dieterich School Board has approved the district’s 2015 tax levy. The levy will see an increase of 13.03% over the 2014 levy. Because the proposed increase was more than 5% a Truth in Taxation Hearing was held prior to the meeting. Superintendent Cary Jackson explained that the levy increase is due to an increase in Equalized Assessed Valuation and any new construction within the district. He said further that additional need was reflected in the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund, the Social Security Fund, and the Tort Fund. Jackson reminded the board that the estimates are set at a higher amount than are actually collected to ensure that the district can capture the tax dollars that are available as established by rate limits.
In other action, the board gave its approval to the district’s unit office staff to enroll in a Financial Go Green program. The program will allow the district to save funds by creating electronic payroll files and emailing direct deposit vouchers to employees. Savings will be realized in labor hours, supplies, and postage.
It was also announced that the Dieterich Unit 30 School District was the recipient of a state honor by making the Niche 2016 Best Schools rankings. Dieterich came in at 63rd in the state. The rankings are based on state test scores, college readiness, graduation rates, SAT/ACT scores, teacher quality, student and parent reviews, and more. The Dieterich Board of Education noted that fellow National Trail Conference school Altamont was also on the list.