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High School Announcements - Mt. Olive High School Bulletin for Monday, September 15, 2014
After School Detention Tomorrow from 3:15-3:45 in room 110 with Mrs. Osmoe.
Girls' Basketball See Ms. Mathis in the office to sign up for girls' basketball.
Big Brothers/Big Sisters Assembly The Big Brothers/Big Sisters assembly will be Friday at 9:00. The office will dismiss students to the assembly.
SID Friday is a School Improvement Day. High school students will be dismissed at 12:00. The bus will run at 12:30.
Powder Puff Football Powder puff waivers are due by 9/22. You can pick them up from Ms. Blasa.
Lunch Today Chicken patty on bun.
Breakfast tomorrow Flapstick pancake
Lunch tomorrow Max wrap

Tuesday Volleyball Game -
Tuesday, September 16 volleyball game is in Waverly not Franklin.

Powder Puff Football -
The fourth annual Powder Puff football game will be held at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, September 24 at the high school football field. Admission is free but donations of canned food items or money will be taken at the gate with the proceeds benefiting the Mt. Olive Area Care Center. In addition, the student council concession stand will be open with all proceeds given to the Mt. Olive Care Center too. Three games will be played as follows: game 1, freshmen vs. sophomores; game 2, junior vs. seniors; game 3, winners from games 1 and 2 playing for the championship. The junior class will sell 50/50 raffle tickets at the gate with the proceeds benefiting the junior class. The homecoming bonfire will immediately follow the Powder Puff championship game. Please come out to support our school and help us raise some money to help our school and community.

Color Run - PTA Color run has been changed to October 4. Click on the link for the registration form.

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1 Cent Makes Sense for Schools - I believe that the Mt. Olive School District is one of the center pieces of our community. I am very proud of our community and how we support our school system. The information that I will be sharing with you is very important to keep our school district strong.

On November 4, 2014, the voters of Macoupin County will be asked approve a proposal to provide funding to all County school districts through a 1-cent sales increase. The revenue from this sales tax can only be used to maintain and improve school facilities or to make payments on existing bond debt.

The County School Facilities Sales Tax represents the first shift away from relying on property taxes for local school district funding in Illinois. The law went into effect in 2007 (based on a similar law in Iowa) allowing voters to approve a sales tax to fund school facility needs.

The question on the ballot will appear as follows:

“Shall a retailer’s occupation tax and service occupation tax (commonly referred to as a “Sales Tax” be imposed in the Macoupin County at a rate of 1% to be used exclusively for school facility purposes?”

The penny increase (or 1%) in the county sales tax will annually generate approximately $138,000 dollars for the Mt. Olive Community Unit School District. What follows is how this revenue can be used, and how it cannot be used.

First, the sales tax revenues can be used for:
• New or remodeled school facilities
• Additions and renovations
• Land acquisitions
• Safety and security improvements
• Energy efficiency
• Paying of building bonds
• Architectural planning and engineering

Second, the sales tax revenues cannot be used for operating costs such as:
• Salaries and benefits
• Instructional costs
• Textbooks and computers
• Moveable equipment
• Transportation / Buses

Unlike many types of sales tax, this specific tax does not tax items that many people think to be essential to families, and especially, senior citizens.

The increased sales tax does not apply to:
• Unprepared food (groceries)
• Medicine including prescriptions drugs and over the counter drugs
• Cars, trucks, ATV’s boats, and RV or mobile homes
• Farm equipment, parts and farm inputs
• Services are also not taxed
• If it is not currently taxed, it will not be taxed

Mt. Olive Community Unit School District has always valued and maintained our schools. With this increased revenue source, we believe that we can make the learning environment in each school better to help with the quality of education that we provide to our students. The learning environment includes everything from controlling the temperatures in each of the classrooms (boilers and air conditioning units), the electrical wiring and power needed to support teacher instruction, increase the energy efficiently in our buildings (windows and lighting), as well as the safety and security of everyone in each of our schools (security cameras and monitoring software).

That is important because the enacted 2014-2015 State Budget does not look good for our district. Since the 2010-2011 school-year, the State has been prorating payments for several line items. Proration occurs when payments to schools are reduced because there is not enough money in the State’s budget to pay what is required according to State statute. With proration set at 89% for General State Aid (our largest source of State revenue), we are facing a projected loss of funds of $222,472 for next school-year. That brings the total loss since the 2010-2011 school-year to over $799,000. These are funds that will never be recouped from the State. Below is a table showing how the Mt. Olive Community Unit School District has been negatively impacted by proration of General State Aid funding:

General State Aid (GSA)
2013-2014 **Estimate**
Proration % 99.99% 95.04% 89.17% 88.72% 89.00%
Loss of Entitlement $ 234 $ 112,076 $ 232,451 $ 232,240 $ 222,472

Over the next few months I will be sharing information with as many community members as I can regarding this issue. I will be happy to come to club and organizational meetings to speak regarding this issue. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Patrick Murphy

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