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Platteville School District annual meeting takes 15 minutes
Platteville annual meeting
The Platteville School District annual meeting drew 25 spectators, including school board members, school district employees, and media. Troy Noble (standing at podium) chaired the meeting.

The Platteville School District annual meeting Monday night took less time — 15 minutes — than the number of people present, 25.

The 25 attending approved by voice vote the school district’s 2014–15 budget of $16.18 million and tax levy of $8.615 million, up from $8.41 million one year ago.

The 2014–15 mil rate is estimated at $11.63 per $1,000 assessed valuation, up from $11.37 per $1,000 last year. The mil rate is subject to change based on three figures the school district will receive over the next two months — the third-Friday-in-September student count, school district property values as reported in October, and school district equalized aid, which the state will announce Oct. 15.

The owner of a $150,000 house in the school district would pay about $1,744.50 in school taxes, up from about $1,707 last year.

Troy Noble, who farms between Lancaster and Platteville and graduated from Platteville High School and UW–Platteville, chaired the meeting.

“I’ve seen the work of great education,” including extracurriculars such as 4-H, which he said teach “teamwork, dedication and leadership skills. “Keep up the good work, because lots of amazing kids depend on it.”

School superintendent Connie Valenza noted composite ACT test scores that were the “highest in several years” and “stand out in Southwest Wisconsin.” She said the school district has “great staff, great kids, great families, and it shows.”

Clarification: The story on the school district budget Aug. 13 reported that the tax levy would be $7.33 million tax levy, up from $7.13 million one year ago. That was the tax levy for the Fund 10 portion of the budget, general operating expenses; it did not include debt service of $1.28 million.