The Pineville Independent School Board held a public hearing prior to a special-called meeting Monday to discuss the new 2015-16 tax rate. A 4 percent increase was agreed upon. No public input was given and the hearing was adjourned. The rate was voted on and set officially in the meeting that followed.
“Based on the assessments we are going to be operating on less tax revenue this year than we did last year even with this small raise,” said interim superintendent Patrick Clore. “The Pineville community supports its schools and they are to be commended. Without this kind of support we wouldn’t be in existence. We have always operated on a very tight budget and I can’t foresee it ever not being tight.”
In the special called meeting, Pineville High School Principal Bill Keyes addressed the board and introduced the newest addition to Pineville’s teaching staff, Samantha North — who teaches high school English. North was not present at last months meeting when Keyes introduced the eight other new hires to the board.
Of these new educators Keyes said, “In my 28 years here I cannot remember a time when we have had so many quality applicants, I feel really good about our new hires. We are expecting great things from them.”
Pineville will be participating in the “Give Me A Reason” program. Designed to assist parents in protecting youth from drug use and peer pressure, the program is a collaborative effort by the Appalachia High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area and Operation UNITE to provide free saliva-based drug test kits to parents through distribution sites located throughout the county. These tests will be available to parents at Pineville Independent to be take and administered at home. A full list of locations where these tests are available can be found at the Operation UNITE website.
The board also approved the Radio Rama event for the 2015-16 school year. Dates will be announced at a later date.
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