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The Finance Committee recommended a request of $6,333,000.

Superintendent Steve Endress confirmed the request will require a truth in taxation hearing based on three factors.

The first is the district is expecting to see a 5.5 percent increase in EAV (equalized assessed valuation) and is looking to capture the additional revenue.

Endress reported the district's auditor has estimated the EAV to be about $127.5 million for Jan. 1.

"It's just an estimate, and we won't know until that point," he said. "Once they know the EAV, then they can calculate the tax rate."

The second reason for the truth in taxation hearing is the district is looking for an increase as last year they didn't levy the maximum tax rates, so extension was lower than it could have been, Endress said.

"The percentage increase this year has to compensate and show for that," he said.

The final reason for the hearing is the district is looking to increase its tort levy to pay a portion of the employees' salaries when they do safety-related work.

The board agreed to set the truth in taxation hearing at 7 pm Tuesday, Dec. 16.

BV student wins district Voice of Democracy contest

BV High School Principal Eric Lawson announced at Tuesday's meeting that BV student Riley Francis won the recent Voice of Democracy contest and now qualifies for state.

"This is outstanding," he said. "It's really neat for Bureau Valley. This is the second student in the consolidation of the district of BV to have done this. It's really huge for our kids, and we're very happy."

The contest requires students to submit an essay to be judged. Lawson said Francis read her essay during this year's Veterans Day assembly.

Giving back to St. Jude's

BV North Principal Sandra Beitsch gave a brief report on a fundraising event her school recently took part in.

After being approached by the Peters family --who lost their young daughter, Cora, to cancer last December -- it became known the family was looking for a way to give back to St. Jude Children's Hospital. It was decided they would help raise money to update the teen recreational room at the hospital.

Beitsch said students were asked to bring in any spare change throughout the course of a one and one-half weeks, and in that time, students raised $1,500.

"Just from bringing in spare change within a week and a half -- It was amazing," she said. "I say it every time I turn around that this group of kids and their families are just generous beyond generous."

The Peters family will award Zach DeMay's third-grade class with a pizza party, as they alone raised $300 --the most out of all classes.

Beitsch also said a plaque will be put up in the updated recreational room at the hospital that states BV's contribution to the project.

"We're very proud of the kids and community members; we're happy to give back; and we're really excited to see how this all comes together," she said.