Teton County School District No. 1

The Teton County School District Board of Trustees meets at 6 p.m. Wednesday, and on the agenda is an increase in one of the taxes it oversees.

The school board must approve any changes the Teton County Recreation District makes to its mill levy because the Rec District’s taxation authority comes from the school district.

The Rec District board recently approved increasing its tax to 1 mill, up from 0.25 mills, to cover a spate of requests from the school district for costs that include the school resource officers at the middle and high schools and replacing the synthetic turf fields. One mill is equal to $1 per every $1,000 of assessed value.

When the pandemic began last year, the school board lowered the Rec District mill levy to ease the financial burden on Teton County property owners, but with the national and local economies bouncing back, the Rec District board wants to raise revenue. Part of that need arises from the potential for state funding cuts for school districts.

At Wednesday’s meeting, the school board will also consider contractors for the Jackson Hole Middle School addition and renovation project, which aims to reduce crowding in the building. It will also weigh in on changes to district policy, including adding a definition of “habitual truancy,” or missing 10% of classes without an approved excuse, to student attendance policies.

Meetings take place in the school district administration building, but they are also still being broadcast over Webex. Those interested in giving public comment can either do so in person or over the virtual broadcast.

Go to TCSD.org for login information.

Contact Tom Hallberg at 732-7079 or thallberg@jhnewsandguide.com.

Tom Hallberg covers a little bit of everything, from skiing to long-form feature stories. A Teton Valley, Idaho, transplant by way of Portland and Bend, Oregon, he spends his time outside work writing fiction, splitboarding and climbing.

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