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Breeze – Courier Writer
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Board of Education held its regular meeting Monday night at the Taylorville High School. After a discussion about when the agenda and packets are made available, the board unanimously voted to move the regular meetings from the second Monday of each month to the third Tuesday of each month. The packets full of paperwork and agenda items are made the Friday before the regular meeting. Board members said they wanted more time to review the packets and ask questions prior to the meetings.
A tax levy public hearing was held before the regular board meeting. During the board meeting, the board voted to adopt the 2021 tax levy. The levy is a 4.97 percent increase from the previous year. The school will receive $13,946,045.
The board agreed to take action on funding the “#Make it Local” legal cause. The cost is 84 cents per student. Superintendent Chris Dougherty said this will not sign the district up for a lawsuit but the district will benefit from the class action suit.
The board will be switching from Blue Cross Blue-Shield insurance to Health Alliance effective January 1, 2022. Springfield Clinic and Blue Cross-Blue Shield could not reach a settlement. Superintendent Dougherty said most of the district’s employees use Springfield Clinic and with what’s going on with COVID-19, they didn’t want the staff to have anything additional thrown at them. The employee cost for insurance will not go up.
The board went into closed session at 7:39 p.m. to discuss litigation, security procedures, and the purchase/lease of property for use of public body. No action was taken. It ended at 8:46 p.m. and the meeting adjourned at 8:47 p.m.