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Greater Jasper Consolidated School Board President Nancy Habig has decided not to run for re-election. Habig made her announcement during the board’s regular meeting at the corporation’s offices last night.

Habig has been a member of the Greater Jasper Board for the last 32+ years.

As she looks back at serving the district she elaborates on the many changes made as well as programming that has received positive reception.

Habig also stated that what she reflects on is not all her doing as a major part has to do with the collaborative team work from all administrators, teachers, and staff that has made the Greater Jasper District a success.

When asked for words of wisdom for her successor, Board President Habig says the next person to take the gavel be one with an open mind.

Habig says that simply taking each opinion and suggestion into account which has created responsive results through the district. She says her decision not to run for re-election has been made with her family in mind and wants to invest more time with her father and grandchildren.

Greater Jasper Schools Superintendent Dr. Tracy Lorey says Habig has seen the district go through various changes and that she will be hard to replace.

Lorey also talked about preparations district administrators and staff are making as they prepare for the upcoming school year which begins August 10th.

She also talked about construction and renovations that have either been finalized or near their final stages of completion. As they look ahead into school programming she also shared a partnership with the local YMCA in regards to after school programs.

Superintendent Dr. Lorey says this is an affordable program to suggest to parents and their children as it has valuable features of student development.

Also last night the board took a look at the corporation’s 2017 budget.

Each district varies in the budget estimations they propose to the state since each differs in their expenditures due to student enrollment.

For the Greater Jasper district Superintendent Dr. Lorey presented the board with a total budget estimate of nearly 38-million dollars. Perhaps the only similarity between districts would be some line items that appear essential across the board such as school transportation, the rainy day fund, bus replacement and capital projects fund.

The maximum estimated funds to be raised by this districts is just under 16-million dollars with the current tax levy estimated at just over 15-million dollars.

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