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Committee will oversee extracurricular activities

Panel will include board, community, teachers, students

The Morris Community High School District 101 school board is looking to create a committee to keep track of and advise on extracurricular activities.

The board discussed creating the standing board committee at its regular meeting Monday. The creation of the committee will be guided with the help of consultants Jim Bioch and Bob Pieper of "The Team," (Together Everyone Achieves More), a consulting business for successful extracurricular programs. An agreement with the consultants was approved by the board.

"There is an incredible amount of time and money spent in extracurricular activities," said board member Dr. James Allen. "Sometimes I ask what's the purpose of things and no one knows the purpose. This is a possibility to identify those things and to know what we expect out of it."

This committee is in line with the board's strategic plan on co-curricular and extracurricular activities, said Superintendent Dr. Pat Halloran. The committee will look at the overall programs the district provides.

A mission statement and a set of core beliefs are the first goals for the committee, he said.

The first meeting will be a town hall meeting structure that will involve the community to get their feedback on what the school's extracurricular activities experiences should be like.

This will also help to find committee members, which are expected to be some board members, teachers, students, community members and representatives from the district's activity organizations, said Assistant Jeff Johnson.

The first meeting is tentatively scheduled for Jan. 15, 2013.

In other business, the board approved its 2012 tax levy.

School districts file tax levies to make sure they capture all available property tax dollars once the actual EAV is determined. School district budgets are based on local property taxes.

The district is requesting a total tax levy of $6,590,031. This amount is about 4.5 percent less than what was requested last year due to declining EAV.

"This is good for the taxpayers, but not good for us," said Board President Dennis Best during the tax levy hearing held prior to the regular board meeting.

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