NLS board approves levy, starts facility needs process
NEW LONDON — The New London-Spicer School Board on Monday held the annual truth in taxation hearing and unanimously approved the 2013 payable 2014 levy of $3,942,020.
The levy is $253,047 less, a 6.03 decrease, than the payable 2013 levy of $4,195,067. No member of the public attended the hearing.
The board also approved a motion to proceed with an investigation of the district’s future facilities needs and to utilize architect Paul Youngquist as the district’s consultant for the investigation.
The district will examine how its facilities will need to change to accommodate new and creative methods of learning, according to Superintendent Paul Carlson.
Keeping schoolwork relevant to students and engaging them in their education will include individualized, project-based learning, Carlson said, noting that schools need to take creative approaches to spaces where students learn on an individualized basis or with smaller groups.
The district’s facilities are in good shape, having been repaired and improved, Carlson said, but the best future investments may not be in the traditional “bricks and mortar” method.
The key areas to be examined in the process are academic, arts and athletic areas. The first step in the process is a Dec. 19 meeting by district administration with Youngquist, Carlson said.
The community will have its opportunity to engage in the process as the work proceeds, he also noted.
The district will have all facilities bonds paid off in 2017, making the final payments on the 1993 and 1994 bonds, which have been combined by refinancing over the years, for several of the district’s buildings.