R-3 asks community for financial help

By: 
CHRIS RODEN FOR THE DAILY RECORD

The Lebanon R-3 Board of Education voted unanimously to place a 90-cent increase to the district’s operating levy on the August ballot. The increase is to be implemented in 30-cent increments over three years.
None of the Lebanon R-3 District’s current students and few of its younger teachers were alive the last time the citizens of the district voted to increase its operating levy.
Past attempts to raise the district’s operating levy failed in 1987, 1988 and 1991.
No one present at Tuesday night’s regular school board meeting claimed knowledge about just when the levy was last raised.
The average state operating levy is $3.67. The Lebanon R-3 District’s operating levy stands at $2.75. The 90-cent increase would allow Lebanon to fall just below the average.
“It has really been a product of 27-28 years of very tight budgetary restraints...The need was great in 1991...28 years later, 27 years later we have that many years of we needed it all along. That’s why we’re at the bottom of the list in competitive payroll salaries. That’s why our buses are an average of 13 or 14 years old. It’s really a combined, cumulative effect that’s impacted all situations,” Lebanon R-3 Superintendent David Schmitz said.

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