LaRocque also noted that Peru Central has not put forth a levy increase above 4 percent in many years and that she would prefer to keep the tax increase at about 3.99 percent for 2013-14.
“I think that’s about all the community is going to bear,” she said.
School Business Administrator Randolph Sapp told the board that if it chooses to set the tax levy above 2.34 percent, it must then decide whether to use the additional income to restore proposed reductions or decrease the amount of allocated fund balance.
NURSE CUT DEBATED
The proposed reduction of a secondary-school nurse caused concern among board members.
“Reducing any one of the full-time nurses in any of our buildings really concerns me ... we have a very large district, and we’re serving a lot of kids that have a lot of needs,” board member Linda Morgan said.
The district employs two full-time nurses in each of its two buildings; one full-time substitute nurse; one part-time nurse for students with special needs; and one full-time nurse who provides services at Seton Catholic Central School.
Because Seton Catholic is located in the geographic boundaries of the Peru Central District, PCSD is required to provide it with nursing services, which are then partially reimbursed by other districts that have residents attending the parochial school.
However, Seton has considerably fewer students than PCSD, according to Brimstein, so there may be the potential for the nurse to divide her full-time duties between the two schools and still provide the required care at Seton.
If the district were to eliminate a secondary-school nurse, he said, it could look to both the substitute and Seton Catholic nurses to support the remaining secondary-school nurse. Or the full-time nurse could be retained and the substitute-nurse position eliminated instead.