The Grand Island School Board unanimously approved a $62.5 million 2018-19 budget Tuesday that would add school security measures while maintaining programs and staffing to stay under the tax cap.
The budget vote on May 15 will include a $650,000 proposition to buy three large buses, two passenger buses, a passenger van and a Ford F-250 truck for buildings and grounds.
A public hearing will be on May 9.
The security upgrades include cameras, security film for entry doors, an evening hall monitor to check in visitors and a cooling system for the communications room.
The budget is slightly smaller, but the board approved a higher tax levy to offset lower revenues. So the average tax bill would rise just under $30, said interim Assistant Superintendent for Finance Richard Hitzges.
The tax levy would rise from $33.1 million to $33.5 million next year, with a new estimated tax rate of $19.57 per $1,000 of assessed valuation.
A home assessed at $150,000 would pay an estimated $2,936 in 2018-19.
Other improvements include a new scoreboard for the high school gym, drones for the technology program, a new gym roof for the high school and new kitchen equipment.