Eyes capital project, possible increase above tax levy cap

During the Feb. 27 Roscoe Central Board of Education meeting, Superintendent John Evans and Business Official Jeff Froehlich discussed with the board several options relating to the upcoming budget, as well as a possible capital project to appear on  the May ballot.

The district is looking at options for a capital project that will have no tax impact, because of retiring debt in the next two years.

Some potential project areas include:

  • Cafeteria Renovations

  • Cafeteria Rooftop Unit and ductwork replacement 

  • Primary wing hallway and classroom flooring abatement and replacement 

  • Exterior sidewalk replacement and repairs

  • Exterior gym door replacement 

  • Other miscellaneous health & safety related repairs  

The district is also looking at potentially going over the calculated tax levy cap of 3.55%.

RCS is expecting a loss of $160,689 in state aid, and to help restore funding for shared sports athletics and maintain three positions that have been fully funded by federal and state grants for the past four years, a tax levy over the cap may be needed.

“While the details of the potential capital project and budget have not yet been determined, the Board of Education and administration are working diligently to present the most fiscally responsible plans while ensuring the safe and effective education of our students,” Superintendent John Evans said.

Details about the proposed budget and capital project will be communicated as more information is available.

The next budget workshop will take place at 4:30 p.m. March 18 in the cafeteria.

The vote will take place from noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, in the gymnasium.