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Wednesday, July 24, 2013 8:46 PM

Ottawa eyes school resource officer’s return amid plans for increased budget

By DOUG CARDER, Herald Senior Writer

An additional kindergarten classroom, the return of a school resource officer and the increasing cost of liability insurance are some of the driving factors behind the Ottawa school board’s tentative plans to raise the district’s mill rate by 1.28 mills.

Jeanne Stroh, superintendent of Ottawa schools, outlined those three reasons — coupled with the district’s declining property valuation — as having the most effect on the 2013-2014 budget. School board members unanimously agreed Monday night to endorse Stroh’s proposed 1.28-mill increase from 59.062 mills in 2012-2013 to 60.445 mills for 2013-2014.

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