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in the latest edition of Focus on Oak Grove.
 
All smiles... Caleb Groff is ready for his first day of fifth grade August 20 at Oak Grove Elementary.
 
First day... Paisley Hudson and Easton Vickers attend their first day of kindergarten in Melissa Shrout's classroom at Oak Grove Primary School.
 
Enrollment figures nearly same
as last year as R-6 classes begin
 
Classes began Thursday in Oak Grove R-6 Schools with enrollment virtually the same as a year ago.
The district's first-day enrollment was 2019, down two students from a year ago when the number of students attending on the first day of classes was 2021.
The junior class can boast of having the most students with 186. Smallest class in the district is the fourth grade with 130 students. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
 
 
R-6 Board okays $5.10 tax levy
 
No public comments were heard at a 6:45 p.m. tax rate hearing held by the Oak Grove Board of Education Monday night. The proposed 2015-2016 tax levy rate of $5.1024 was later approved in open session by unanimous vote.
Levy will be allotted to incidentals, $3.7814, and debt service, $1.3210. Although less than the 2014-2015 rate of $5.1472, the levy should generate an additional $150,000 in funds.
Sue Alexander, board president, convened the regular session at 7 p.m. after which board members approved the consent agenda consisting of minutes of July 30 closed and open sessions and approval of bills and invoices. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
 
 
Sni Valley directors set tax rate at noon meeting
 
Directors of Sni Valley Fire Protection District set an 86.98¢ tax rate at a noon meeting August 19 at the Fire Station.
The tax rate will be divided with 65.57¢ to the general fund, 2.93¢ to dispatch and 18.48¢ to debt service. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
 
 
Sales tax increase placed on November 3 ballot
 
Oak Grove Board of Aldermen wasted no time at a special meeting Monday night in agreeing to place a sales tax increase on the ballot at a special election on November 3.
Voters will be asked to replace two current one-quarter cent sales taxes, one for capital improvements and one for local parks. Each of these current sales taxes would be increased to one-half cent with voter approval.
No discussion was held on the issue Monday night. Jeremy Martin, mayor, presided at the meeting with all six aldermen in attendance. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
 
 
New volunteer leaders...Rick and Janet Bedwell, center, are recognized by Bryon Price, chief of police, left, and Joseph Chapman, captain, as the new Oak Grove Police Department volunteer leaders.
 
OGPD seeking volunteers
 
Oak Grove Police Department is recruiting residents who like to be involved in community events to assist the department when additional staff is needed.
Many opportunities are available to contribute talents, skills, time and energy.
A few examples:
Know your ABC's - Help the police chief's assistant with filing, maintaining records, answering the phone, manning the reception desk and providing customer service.
Jack of all trades - Support special occasions such as the Citizen's Police Academy, Special Olympics and other events by preparing the venues (set up tables, chairs, equipment and distribute materials), assisting during an event and breaking it down at the end. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
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