On Thursday, January 26th, the Brooklyn Board of Education approved to place a 1.5 mill permanent improvement levy on the May 2, 2017 ballot. This is a 0.5 mill increase from the current 1.0 mill permanent improvement levy and would cost the resident of a $100,000 home an additional $17.50 per year. A permanent improvement levy can ONLY be used for repairs, fixtures and items that have a life-span of five years or more. It cannot be used for operational needs such as salaries and benefits.
The Board of Education and administration have been assessing the physical facilities of Brooklyn High School, Auditorium, and gymnasium for some time. At its January 17 meeting a company called Plug Smart shared its recently completed assessment of the BHS facility.
That assessment prioritized several areas including the BHS roof, lighting in the high school, and cafeteria exhaust fans that could be upgraded and actually save the district money in the long term. The proposed permanent improvement levy dollars would be used for these items in addition to student technology. It has been several years since the district has upgraded its technology and this modest levy could help support those purchases.
If you have any questions regarding the Permanent Improvement levy, please contact Dr. Mark Gleichauf, Superintendent or Mr. John Streett, Treasurer.