The Burton School Board swore in two incumbents and one new member at their meeting Monday evening. Newly elected board member Linda Majek Hasten joined incumbents Misty Goldberg Lucherk and Felton Cox in taking the Oath of Office after the returns of the May 6th board election were canvassed. The board then voted to retain the current office holders on the board with Demetrius Colvin Sr. as president, Misty Lucherk as vice-president and Ronnie Hohlt as secretary.
County Chief Tax Appraiser Willy Dilworth reported to the board that preliminary property values in the Burton School District are up by 13 percent this year. He noted that mineral values were flat in the district and that most of the increase is from rising land values. Dilworth stated that the state comptroller’s office is currently doing their property value survey in Washington County, and warned the board that it was going to be close if his valuations fall within the 95 to 105 percent value of the states assessment.
In other action the board voted to hire two new instructors for next year and accepted two resignations and one retirement from the district. Joining the district for next year will be Marcus Escalante as a secondary social studies teacher and Sierra Richard as a reading intervention instructor. Leaving Burton Schools at the end of the school year will be Librarian Rachel Harmel and softball coach Kathy Shedd. Retiring from the district after 44 years is Kathy Ladewig, the Elementary School Secretary.
In a workshop session before the board meeting, the school board continued to look at options for a Master Facility Site Plan. Burton voters rejected an 18 million dollar bond issue last November and the board is considering different options on what school improvements need to be made as enrolment continues to increase. Board secretary Ronnie Hohlt suggested that a community meeting be set up where people on both sides of the issue could come together work out exactly what is a necessity for the school. The Burton School District has seen a 58 percent increase in enrolment over the past 10 years, while other small districts in the area have lost enrolment.