On the record – Howland

WHAT: Board of Education meeting Monday

PRESENT: Ken Jones, Julie Altawil, Susan Brucoli and Barbara Wright

ABSENT: Scott Lehman

The board:

• Recognized teacher Meghan Durig for coordinating the “Faces of Heroin” programs for students and parents that have been held during school and in the community with guest speakers, including law enforcement and Howland alumni. The programs were designed to make students aware of the dangers of opioids and the impact on society;

• Approved the 2018-19 school calendar with first day Sept. 4 and last day May 20, 2019. Jones said the district has decided to start school after Labor Day as it did this year;

• Heard from resident and former board member Matt Darrin, who will help co-chair the levy committee as the district is seeking to pass a 5.9-mill levy in the May 8 election. The levy would raise $3.2 million per year and allow the district to avoid going into deficit spending. The levy would cost the owner of a $100,000 home approximately $206 per year;

• Heard from officials that beginning next fiscal year, the district is set to lose $1.9 million annually because of the elimination of the tangible personal property tax. Jones said the district has had to endure losses of $2.9 million since 2012 when the state began to phase out reimbursements to the district for tangible personal property taxes.

— Bob Coupland

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