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Public board raises fee for tax certificates


The Rainy River District School Board is raising its fee for preparing tax certificates following a vote at its regular monthly meeting here last night.

Previously preparing the certificates for $12 each, the board agreed to now charge $50 each after administration reviewed charges in area municipalities and other school boards and found fees ranged from $25-50.

“When property is sold in unorganized areas, the lawyers usually want tax certificates, which is verification of any taxes owing or arrears. This is so they can prepare documents for the sale,” noted Laura Mills, the board’s chief financial officer.

“We’re just trying to get in line with what other municipalities are charging for this service.”

Mills said the board has been preparing tax certificates for unorganized areas such as Miscampbell for several years.

Meanwhile, the board agreed to meet at 7 p.m. tonight to try and finalize its budget for next year (administration has been working at it since 2001-2002 grant regulations were received May 11).

If the board successfully balances its budget, a special open board meeting will be held June 12 so trustees can approve it.

The budget must be submitted to the Ministry of Education by June 30.

Also last night, the board heard a presentation from Superinten-dent Terry Ellwood on summer school, which once again is being planned for July 3-27 (the courses, which will focus on improving math and literacy skills, will be offered to students in grades seven through 10 this year).

Depending on teachers’ schedules, the classes will run for five hours a day, three to five days a week.

Enrolment forms are available now at all district elementary and secondary schools, and the deadline to enroll is June 8.

Also last night, the board:

•listened to a talk by Ellwood and literacy co-ordinator Maureen Ricard on Summer Institute 2001, which will see teachers from kindergarten to grade 10 attend literacy workshops Aug. 14-17 with the theme, “Preparing the Langu-age Path for the Child;” and

•received the June personnel report, which noted the appointment of caretaker Nancy David-son, computer technology specialist Derek Westra, administrative assistant Kathie Zatulsky, and the addition of teachers Dianne Thompson and Bill Daley to the vice-principal/principal pool.

It also noted extended leaves of absence for teacher Gary Gamsby, educational assistant Cheryl Rudolph, and secretary Josie Mc-Leod, and the retirements of teachers Dave Montgomery (FFHS), Janis McFee (North Star Commun-ity School), and David Ward (Sixth Street/Alberton).

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