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Legislation gives NYM school board new levy power

At its monthly meeting on June 24, the New York Mills School Board was informed of the possibility of levying a new tax on school district residents at a rate of $300 per student.

The potential levy, possible due to changes made in the 2013 state legislative session, is part of an increase of $485 million in new state education spending over the next biennium, according to Superintendent Todd Cameron.

“The state is collecting more revenue and we’re getting ourselves back into the black,” he said.

In addition to the possible levy, the district will receive $5,302 per pupil in the 2013-14 school year, an increase of $78 from the year before.

For the 2014-15 school year, the district will receive $5,806 per pupil, but the way in which the state “weighs” each pupil will change, Cameron explained.

In all, the NYM school district will receive an estimated $80,000 in additional revenue in the first year, and $300,000 the next, due to the new legislation.

Cameron said that many school districts in the state are considering using the extra money to make early childhood education more affordable.

In other news, the board:

-Officially welcomed Michelle Young-Lecoustre as the new high school principal. Young is replacing Blake Novak as he moves into his new role as superintendent.

“I am so excited and honored to be selected as your next high school principal,” she said, smiling.

-Approved an interim budget for the 2013-14 school year. As presented in documents provided at the board meeting, the budget will produce a $19,000 surplus.

-Heard a report from Maintenance Supervisor Jeff Preuss, who updated the board on his department’s progress as it cleans the school’s classrooms in preparation for next school year.

Additionally, Preuss showed the improvements to the school’s security camera system, which include two additional cameras and an improved monitoring system.