SHERMAN - The proposed 2012-2013 budget for Sherman School District included a 1.71 percent increase in taxes.
The total budget of $8,939,224 represents an increase of only $84,727 more than the current budget. This translates to a tax increase of $0.29 per $1,000. This is the maximum increase Sherman was permitted this year by the state's tax cap formula.
"The board and administration worked hard to create a budget that would be fair to the public and provide the educational opportunities our students need and deserve," said Superintendent Thomas Schmidt.
The board held its regular meeting Monday, May 7 along with a public meeting about the budget. Schmidt commended the board for its work on the budget, especially financial treasurer Kimberly Oehlbeck.
Schmidt, who will retire at the end of this school year, said he feels Sherman is a strong district. "I feel very good about where the district is going educationally," he said. "My only disappointment is that the state is not coming through with revenue for this district and others like it that is needed to continue to provide means for a quality education."
Regarding an upcoming negotiations meeting with the teacher's union, Schmidt said they were making good progress.
"Both sides are cooperation and trying to move the district forward in a positive manner," he said.
The board also granted tenure to three employees. Christine Burdick was granted tenure as curriculum coordinator/C.S.E. chairperson. Leonard Liffner received tenure as a general science and biology teacher for grades seven through 12. Chard Goldberg was given tenure as an elementary education teacher for pre-kindergarten through sixth grade.
"We gave tenure to three good people I am happy to have in the district," Schmidt said.