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Ludlow Schools Set Tax Rate, Launch Tech Tuesday for Parents & Guardians

The Ludlow Board of Education set its tax rate Thursday night.
In a move to keep the same revenue as last year, the board approved a rate of 87.2 cents per $100 in property value. On a $100,000 house, a taxpayer would be responsible for $15 annually. 
The board discussed wrapping up the HVAC project at Ludlow High School. The amount of money budgeted for the project was $1,942,953 and it came in under budget at $1,911,072, saving the district $31,880, which will go back into the capital funds.
Another project, the gym roof, had a clause which instructed the roof company to possibly replace some tiles on the inside. The company determined that the interior tiles were still in solid shape, saving the board another $17,009 which will also be returned to the capital funds budget.
The board approved the working budget for the rest of the year, which totals $8,727,194. Superintendent Michael Borchers said that the board tends to work very hard on the tentative budget presented in May so that the changes to the working budget voted on in September would have minimal changes.
The Fidelity Performance bond was raised to $150,000 from $100,000 because the amount is based on the district's budget and the budget was higher this year. The board voted to accept the change.
The board approved a request of capital funds totaling $39,476  in leftover funds for bonding which will roll into  the working budget to help pay for some summer projects.
Tech Tuesdays is a new program that was announced at the meeting. From 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays when school is in session, Ludlow's parents and guardians can come to the cafeteria and access the internet through laptop computers. The hope is that parents and guardians can check their child's grades in Infinite Campus, a program that links teachers to parents. It is also available as a phone application.  
Parents are also able to create and access a free email account, search for jobs online, create a resume, or pay bills online. Anyone interested in more information can call Jenny McMillen at 859.261.8210.
The attendance for the year so far is down a little from last year, but still within the normal amount, the board reported.
Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor