The Lake Oswego School Board recently OK’d raising district construction excise taxes.

The tax revenue constitutes about $260,000 annually, and the rate increase would boost that by $30,000 annually, money that the district can use on capital improvement projects and one-time tangible assets that offer value for longer than a year, such as new textbooks or iPads. The dollars also may apply to debts incurred from such costs.

The rate is now $1 per square foot for residential projects and 50 cents per square foot for nonresidential projects. At its Jan. 14 meeting, the board unanimously agreed to bump up the residential rate by 14 cents and increase the nonresidential rate by 7 cents effective Feb 1. The residential rate will rise by another 3 cents and the nonresidential rate will go up by another cent effective July 1. Nonresidential includes commercial projects, such as the redevelopment of the Wizer property.

In other matters at the board meeting last week:

  • In keeping with state law and employee contract agreements, the board issued a declaration that there is a potential for a reduction in teaching staff next fiscal year, 2014-15.

  • To assure compliance with state laws, district officials annually review elementary and secondary schools in the areas of teacher and administrator evaluation and support, and programs and services for Talented and Gifted students. The district is compliant with state laws in these areas, according to the district’s Annual Standards Assurance Report to the Oregon Department of Education.

  • The board made note of School Board Recognition Month, which is in January.

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    Jillian Daley can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and 503-636-1281, ext. 109. Follow her on Twitter, @JillianDaley.

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