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By James McAfee/The Knox County News-Courier—
KNOX CITY—The Knox City/O’Brien Consolidated Independent School District approved holding a public hearing at 7 p.m. on Aug. 31 to consider the proposed tax rate of 1.05470, down from 1.0683 as part of the state’s plan, during its regular August meeting last Thursday.
A final vote on the tax rate and budget will be taken after that meeting adjourns.
A public notice in last week’s issue showed that the new rate would increase the taxes due from $180.48 to $192.74 on the average home since the market value increased from $31,893 to $33,274.
Superintendent Colin Howeth said the state is putting in more money per student this year.
The trustees formally approved the district’s remote learning plan that requires stay-at-home students to be involved virtually with teachers and must hand in lessons assigned regularly.
Howeth reported that a total of 225 students —84 in elementary, 65 in middle school and 76 in high school—enrolled the first day of school. That number is down from last year’s 245. Fourteen are involved remotely.
In addition, the trustees approved renewing the contract with the Knox County Appraisal district to collect taxes and the updated new policies from the TASB.
Howeth also reported on Dr. Rodney Sholty’s plan to manage all aspects of COVID-19 for the school as the county’s health authority. Temperature checks will be done at the doors, and anyone with a temperature of 100 and higher will go home, Howeth added.