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Charleston school board set to support city's TIF district extension

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CHARLESTON — The Charleston school district is set to become the next taxing body to support an extension of the city's tax increment financing district.

A vote on supporting the extension of the economic development program is on the agenda for the board’s meeting Wednesday evening.

The city is working on extending the district, known as a TIF district, for another 12 years.

The program diverts some property tax revenue to help fund building renovations and similar projects within the district, which covers the courthouse square and some adjoining areas.

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The Charleston City Council voted earlier this month to support of the extension. The next step is for other taxing bodies with property in the TIF district, such as the school district, to provide letters of support for the extension.

Later, the city council will vote on an ordinance for the extension and take the proposal to the state Legislature and governor for final approval.

The school board's meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the district office, 410 W. Polk Ave.

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Other votes scheduled for the meeting include assigning district administrators to their positions for the 2020-21 school year.

The only changes from current assignments will involve the staff members transferred to new administrative positions, moves the board approved earlier this school year, Superintendent Todd Vilardo said.

Those are mostly the result of retirements of current administrators that will come at the end of the school year.

The board is also set to finalize the job description for the district's educational technology director.

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The new job description is in conjunction with the retirement of current Director Mary Ann Pattenaude at the end of the school year.

Vilardo said the plan is to have a recommended candidate in time for the board to vote on the appointment next month.

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