The Morgan Board of Education has approved a small tax increase to cover the costs of debt service and the elementary reading program. The action followed a Truth in Taxation Hearing held at their regular meeting on August 10. The increase equates to about $14.00 on a home valued at $200,000. Three members of the community spoke in favor of the action and no one spoke against the proposed increase. The action was necessary due to fewer property owners paying their taxes in a timely manner and the reduction of assessed property values in the county and state.
In other action the Board took considerable time discussing the possible uses of a $4 million low-interest job stimulus construction loan. These funds have been awarded to the district to either construct a P.E./sports facility and a bus garage or a new high school competition gym. Cost estimates for a metal 38,000 square foot P.E./sports facility hover around $2.1 million. A bus garage would cost $1 million plus acreage. Competition gym construction estimates come in at a little over $4 million.
Monica Wood has been hired to teach seventh grade English at Morgan Middle School. Monica is a graduate of Brigham Young University and is presently teaching at Excelsior Academy in Erda, Utah. Laura Ann Wheeler will be teaching part-time as a science teacher at Morgan Middle School. Laura graduated from Weber State University with a B.A. in science. She has taught at North Layton and Syracuse Junior High Schools. Jennifer Crowton will be teaching second grade at Mountain Green Elementary School. Jennifer recently graduated from Weber State University with a Masters of Education degree in curriculum development. She has previously taught in the Weber School District.
The district will be selling a number of items on closed bid. A Bluebird bus and a Dodge Intrepid are among the items to be sold on closed bid.
A new bus route will be added this year. The route will include areas along Old Highway in Enterprise, Lamb’s Subdivision, Day Lily and Lilac Drives and Rollins Ranch. The route will relieve pressure from four other routes. Bus route questions should be forwarded to Transportation Supervisor Mike Shope.
As a reminder to parents, school begins for first through twelfth grade on Wednesday, August 25. Parents should contact the individual schools for start times. The first day will be an early release day.