By Devin Corbitt, The Belton Journal
The Belton Independent School District Board of Trustees met for a short meeting before beginning a team building and goal setting training on Monday evening.
During their meeting, the trustees unanimously agreed to allow a temporary construction easement to the City of Temple, which will allow the city to construct a road to North Belton Middle School (NBMS) from Westfield Road.
The road currently running in front of the school, Prairie View Road, will undergo major reconstruction during the fall semester, creating the need for an additional access point to the school. Before school begins on Aug. 24, all traffic must enter the campus through the bus entrance on the south side of the school. From there, parents can access the fire lane on the west side of the school, which leads to the parking lot on the north end and the front of NBMS.
However, on the additional access point will open on the north side of the school beginning Aug. 24. After this time, the bus entrance will be closed to parents.
Construction will begin pending approval from the Temple City Council, which meets today.
The trustees also set a public hearing for Aug. 17 to discuss the 2015-2016 tax rate. The district has proposed a tax rate of $1.17 for the Maintenance & Operations (M&O) Fund and $0.27 for the Interest & Sinking (I&S) Fund, for a total tax rate of $1.440. The proposed tax rate will remain the same as the previous year’s rate.
The BISD Board of Trustees will reconvene in regular session Aug. 17 at 5 p.m. in the Administration Building, 400 N. Wall Street in Belton.