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4:12 PM Wed, Jan. 16th

School district asks for increase

KINGMAN - The money problems at Peach Springs Unified School District aren't over yet. The district is asking the Board of Supervisors to consider allowing it to exceed last year's budget by around $41,000.

According to a letter to County School Superintendent Mike File from the school board, the expenses are due to legal fees incurred in 2009 due to the school moving into receivership, the sale of school property and the misappropriation of district assets by former employees.

The state Board of Education put the district into receivership in August 2007 due to a debt of around $1.5 million from alleged financial mismanagement by the school's former superintendent, Gene Thomas.

Also on the agenda are three change orders for work on the new Development Services building.

One change order is for around $63,000 to Hardy Construction, Inc. Another change order is for $26,000 to Selberg Associates, Inc., the architect. And the last is to Western Technologies, Inc. for $3,200. The funds for the changes will be taken from a contingency fund set up for the project.

The Board will also consider adopting the tax levies and rates for the various tax entities in the county.