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Local News 4.13.2018

Marion County is doing a good job balancing its checkbook  – that’s the word from an official audit, which was released to the public this past Monday.  The audit by Hunt & Associates, a Knoxville accounting firm, showed $25,353,310 in revenue and $22,977,053 in expenses for the year ending June 30, 2017.  The county collected local tax revenue of $50,722,017, forwarding $37,535,472 to townships, school districts and cities around the county. It kept more than $13 million in taxes, a 5 percent increase from the previous year. Service charges, grants, investment income and other sources brought in more than $12 million.  The nearly $23 million in expenses was a 10.7 percent increase from the prior year. County Auditor Jake Grandia said equipment purchases and mental health services accounted for much of that increase. The costs came as no surprise and were budgeted for, he said.

The letter grading system for mathematics will stick around a little longer in the Oskaloosa School District – After presentations, discussions and deliberations, the Oskaloosa Community School District (OCSD) Board of Directors in a close 4-3 vote did not approve revisions to high school mathematics grading.  At a previous school board meeting, OCSD Curriculum Director Steph Wilson and high school math teachers Beverly Jenkinson, Bret Foster, Cory Sheely and Michael Comfort gave a presentation on standards-based grading.  Board members expressed concern whether the standards-based grading would affect students’ higher education opportunities, especially concerning how important grade point averages and scholarships are to college and university admissions, as well as honor rolls.


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