* Homeowners would see an increase in property taxes to $4.48 per hundred dollars of assessed valuation. In an earlier version, a misplaced article implied the levy would increase by that amount.
COLUMBIA — Voters can likely expect to see both a 40-cent tax levy increase and a $50 million bond proposal on the April ballot for the Columbia School District.
Both of those issues along with proposed school boundaries will be discussed at the School Board meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Columbia Public School District Administration Building, 1818 W. Worley St.
The 40-cent levy increase would provide an additional $8 million in revenue to Columbia schools. Columbia homeowners would see an increase in property taxes *to $4.48 per hundred dollars of assessed valuation, according to sample ballot language from the district.
The levy will allow schools to maintain operations and staff after state and federal funding cuts.
A 3.2 cent levy increase was approved in August and a 60-cent increase was expected for early this year.
The board will also be voting to place a $50 million bond proposal on the April 2012 ballot. If passed, the bond would help the board buy land for and build new buildings, specifically an elementary school and remodeling buildings already in use.
The bond would raise the debt service levy of the school district by 12 cents, or 92 cents per hundred dollars of assessed valuation, up from 80 cents.
The new elementary school, which would hold 650 students, would cost $20 million, including the purchase of land. That money would come from the bond proposal.
Members of the secondary enrollment planning committee, including its chair, Don Ludwig, will report their chosen school enrollment boundaries to the board on Monday. The committee spent most of 2011 working on drawing boundaries to include Battle High School, scheduled to opened in August 2013, and to convert middle and junior high schools to intermediate schools serving grades six through eight.
The committee chose scenario B for intermediate and high school boundaries, but it will be up to the board to make the final vote on adopting these boundaries for 2013. Ludwig said this vote is likely to come in early February, after the board has time to review the committee’s work.
The board will also vote Monday on collective bargaining. For months, it has wrestled with allowing teachers to bargain collectively about employment conditions. Two policies, HH and HA, will be put to vote.
HH defines how the board would recognize a union to bargain for Columbia’s teachers. If the policy is approved, the board would require teachers to submit a petition with signatures from at least 30 percent of teachers in the district indicating that teachers want to have a bargaining union formed for them.
HA is a more general policy that applies legal definitions for employee representatives and lays ground rules for negotiations between these representatives and the district.
Renaming administration building
The Naming Committee will ask the board to consider changing the name of the new Columbia Public Schools Administration Building to the Neil C. Aslin Administration Building.
After naming the new high school for Muriel Battle, the Naming Committee decided that both Battle and Aslin deserved recognition.