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Coldwater School Board discusses millage possibilities, teachers get insurance revision to save them money

COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - It appears Coldwater School District residents may have a millage renewal question to consider on the ballot in November. At last night’s meeting of the Coldwater Board of Education, School Superintendent Dr. Tina Kerr said the district’s 18-mill non-homestead operational levy is set to expire at the end of next year but the administration wants to get the issue settled now and also have the non-homestead renewal question separated from the national presidential election cycle. The millage pays for approximately one fifth of the district’s operating expenses. The Board will be further investigating possible ballot language and is expected to decide next month whether to take the question to voters this fall. 

Also last night, the Board approved amendments to the wages and benefits portion of their current contract with the CEA teacher’s union for the upcoming 2013-2014 school year. The revised pact calls for no salary increases although a new health insurance package with a different carrier means teachers will have a bit more take home pay because of the reduced insurance costs in the one year agreement.

Last night, the school board also conducted its annual organizational meeting to approve a series of required fiscal year matters and meeting dates and notices.