Voters in the Elizabeth School District approved a mill levy override through Issue 4A in the November election, allowing Elizabeth schools to continue receiving $1.59 million each year, which the …
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Voters in the Elizabeth School District approved a mill levy override through Issue 4A in the November election, allowing Elizabeth schools to continue receiving $1.59 million each year, which the district will use to hire and retain qualified teachers and support staff, increase safety and social-emotional support for students, and increase technology access for students.
Voters approved the measure 62.9 percent to 37.1 percent, with 5,589 for and 3,294 against, according to unofficial results released early the day after the Nov. 6 election.
The approval of 4A allows the school district to continue receiving funds from a bond that was issued in 2000 to build the high school. Original funds were secured to build the school, and with the school being paid off in 2019, the school district will now be able use the money approved to improve services within the school district.
“This is exciting news,” said Superintendent Douglas Bissonette. “We're thrilled. There will be no tax increases, and actually over time, residents will see a decrease in this tax.”
Teacher and support staff compensation are on the top of the district's list for use of the funds, with a minimum increase for teachers being 10 percent, and the starting salary being at least $34,000, according to Elizabeth School District.
The addition of a school resource officer and expanding safety, security and preparedness programs rank second on the list, and additional access to technology rounds out the top three issues that district officials have said will be addressed.
“Thank you to our community for supporting the school district,” said Bissonette. “We're grateful for the residents who are supportive of the schools.”
Elizabeth school district includes a population of more than 2,400 students and six schools.
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