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Ripley Board of Education told about fund use in proposed library district

May 12, 2016
By David Prenatt ( , Westfield Republican

Ripley Board of Education members learned about the proposed uses of funds if the Ripley Free Library becomes a Library District when Library Board President Janet Skinner and Library Director Rhonda Thompson gave board members an informative talk at the May 5 meeting.

Skinner and Thompson told board members that if the library becomes a district, it hopes to increase library hours of operation, increase the budget for new materials, increase Internet bandwidth, give patrons a better wireless experience, purchase new technology, and offer enhanced printing and copying services.

Skinner and Thompson said that that when a library becomes a district, trustees are elected by school district voters. The district will be established by a vote of the school district's residents and voters will elect seven library trustees.

Thompson and Skinner said that the estimated school tax increase is $1.04 per thousand. "We will lose town funding, so taxpayers will realize a decrease of 21 cents per thousand in the town tax. Therefore, the net effect will be an increase of 83 cents per thousand," Skinner said.

Thompson and Skinner said the vote is scheduled for Tuesday, May 17 from 2 to 8 p.m. at the school. They said the district proposal and the trustee elections will be separate items on the ballot.

It was also made known to those at the meeting that the annual school district vote/election of board members is on May 17, and that elections will be held in the Makers Lab of the school.

Board members were reminded that there is a projected zero percent increase in the tax levy. While the budget is basically static, salaries and benefits are expected to decrease by $91,402; equipment and supplies are expected to decrease by $94,480; debt service and transfers are expected to decrease $82,159; and BOCES and contractual services are expected to increase $298,808.

Students at Ripley Central School are currently participating in a Walk & Roll 10-day challenge, school officials told board members. Students are challenged to walk or ride their bikes to school for 10 days.

Board members learned that any student who participates in the Walk & Roll challenge will earn a prize. Those pupils who complete the 10-day challenge will be rewarded with a lunch picnic on May 23.

In other business, Superintendent Dr. Lauren Ormsby announced that Eagle University will take place from June 27 to Aug. 19 this year and registrations are currently being accepted.



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