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Clover schools budget hearing June 1

A public hearing about the Clover School District budget will be at 6 p.m. June 1, it was announced at the Clover school board’s regular meeting May 18.

“We are down about $5 million due to the new county reassessment and have to calculate what that will do to the tax rate,” said district finance officer Ken Love.

The York County assessor’s office mailed property tax reassessment notices earlier this month to nearly 115,000 York County property owners. State law requires reassessment every five years. The assessed value of property determines the tax bill. County officials say the value of most properties has declined during the past five years because of the recession. The York County Council is considering a budget that raises property tax rates by 2 percent.

The notice shows the property market value, taxable value, assessment ratio and the assessment itself. Love said York County residents still have time to appeal the reassessments.

“I don’t expect there will be much change if any,” Love said about the school district budgeting.

Because of a schedule conflict, the public hearing and work session was changed from its original June 8 date. The meeting is at the district office, 604 Bethel St.

“This gives people a chance for input and to ask questions,” Love said.

There will be no action taken, and the budget likely will be approved two weeks later, Love said.

The school board also approved a $1 million bid by Leitner Construction of Rock Hill, the only bidder, for renovations needed at a Clover High School hall.

Before the vote, Love told school board members the bid is a little over budget but “we’re pressed on time.”

“This will exhaust all money we have for capital costs,” said Love, explaining the district has contracted or planned for the money it has. “I’m comfortable with approving this request.”

The high school halls have some mold issues, and there’s too much moisture in the building, he said. A new heat and air system is needed, along with painting, tiling, re-concreting and paving for drainage.

“We need to make it safer for the students,” Love said. “We believe this will do it.”

Love said next year’s budget will include adding staff to maintain student-teacher ratios.

Catherine Muccigrosso •  803-831-8166

Other action

Clover School District Board of Trustees also approved the following at the May 18 meeting:

▪ Facility improvement: $1.4 million bid from Steele’s Heating & Air Conditioning of Lancaster, one of two bids, to replace the HVAC at Griggs Road Elementary School.

▪ New school names: The new elementary school will be Oakridge Elementary School. The new middle school will be Clover Middle School. Both projects were approved by voters in the 2014 bond referendum.

▪ Approved Upper Palmetto YMCA operation and management agreement for the aquatic center on Highway 274 in Lake Wylie. Franklin Pendleton said the 25-year contract with the YMCA “will begin with the date we receive occupancy.” Kelly Clayton with Cummings Inc., the district’s construction management firm, also told the board he expects the order to proceed to begin construction on the site to be approved by May 21. If approved, construction could begin immediately. The aquatic center also was approved in the 2014 bond referendum.

▪ Food contract: Chartwells School Dining Services will continue serving students with the approval to renew its contract.

▪ New light: $48,000 approved for Duke Power’s easement to install the traffic light at Highway 557 and Oakridge Road near Oakridge Middle School.

▪ Funding: Approved flexibility with state allocations.