If voters will approve moving the 10 cents from one fund to the other, it will allow the district to pursue the additional funding.
A proposition on the April ballot could bring an additional $70,000 a year in funding to the Macks Creek School District if voters approve the measure. The additional funding would be used to improve technology for students and to maintain a competitive salary for teachers.
Superintendent Josh Phillips said the ballot proposal asks voters to move 10 cents from the debt service property levy to the operating levy. The move will not increase the district’s overall levy. The levy remain at $3.84 regardless of whether voters vote yes or no. However, passage of the proposal will make the school eligible for additional state funding. In Missouri, small rural schools who have less than 350 students are eligible for additional state funding is they have a minimum operating levy of $3.43. The district’s current operating levy is $3.33. If voters will approve moving the 10 cents from one fund to the other, it will allow the district to pursue the additional funding.
Phillips said the district estimates Macks Creek schools would be eligible for an additional $70,000 annually through the state’s Small School Fund while still having enough revenue in the debt service levy to pay off the bonds voters approved that funded the elementary remodeling and addition project in 2014.
“The district hopes to utilize these additional small school funds to continue to make improvements in technology for our students and to maintain a competitive salary schedule to attract and retain highly qualified teachers,” he said.
In a nutshell, Phillips said the ballot issue is a true no tax increase. The measure would need to pass by a simple majority. There are 1,628 active voters in the Macks Creek School District.
Macks Creek recently received an overall APR of 95.6 percent through the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. There are five categories measured by the APR including academic achievement, subgroup achievement, college and career readiness, attendance and graduation rate.
APR is the annual performance review issued by the state.
School of the Osage scored 97.9 percent, Camdenton came in at 97 and Eldon scored a 93.3.
District officials said the performance is a testament to the faculty, staff and students.