A 2019-20 budget in the West Delaware School District will see a decrease in taxes as the school board approved a total tax rate of $11.56 per $1,000 at the March 11 meeting.

The rate is a 38-cent-per-$1,000 decrease from the 2018-19 tax rate.

Next year’s budget calls for an instruction fund of $12,689,000, a total support fund of $5,417,000, a non-instructional fund of $1,000,000 and a total other expenses fund of $3,564,130.

The board also approved the school calendar for next year with new teacher days set for Friday, Aug. 16 and Monday, Aug. 19. Teacher work days will run from Tuesday, Aug. 20 through Thursday, Aug. 22.

Students will report to school Friday, Aug. 23.

The district will dismiss at 1:15 on Wednesdays for professional development.

The district has built in three snow make-up days Friday, Feb. 14, Thursday, April 9 and Monday, April 13.

Barring any cancellations, the last day of school for students is Thursday, May 28 with graduation set for Saturday, May 30.

West Delaware Middle School Principal Doug Koerperich gave the board an overview of work and professional development done by paraeducators in the district. The district has 52 paraeducators; 22 at Lambert Elementary, three at Bridges, 17 at the middle school and 10 at the high school.

Koerperich explained the training opportunities during the 2018-19 school year for paraeducators. They included:

• Opening day activities

• Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI)

• Reviews of student IEPs

• Systematic supervision

• How to respond to difficult situations

• Compassion fatigue and self-care

• Relationship building with students

• Autism training