The Northridge Local School District Board of Education will hold a special meeting Monday, Aug. 1, to name a new board member and to take final action on a proposed income tax levy for the November ballot.

The Northridge Local School District Board of Education will hold a special meeting Monday, Aug. 1, to name a new board member and to take final action on a proposed income tax levy for the November ballot.

The board member appointed Monday will replace Troy Willeke, who stepped down last month in protest of the layoff of high school principal Jim Hall.

Board president Mark Dann said the board would probably interview any applicants who have submitted information by the board meeting, and choose a new member afterword.

"We're required to appoint a person with 30 days, at the next regular or special meeting," Dann said.

"It's the same process we went through when we filled Mr. Garee's position," said treasurer Jim Hudson. "We'll break up into groups, board members and administration, and each applicant will do a round robin interview. Then we'll convene and assess the candidates."

The proposed income tax levy, if approved, would be paired with a promise to reduce an existing property tax levy.

"We'll have some more discussion and then decide whether to pursue the 1-percent income tax, along with the resolution to reduce the existing emergency levy from 9.3 mills to approximately 5 mills," Dann said.

Dann said it is likely the board will approve the proposal but said no final decision will be made until discussion Monday night.

"I can't speak for the rest of the board because we won't be acting until Monday, and until there is a vote to move forward, it is not finalized," Dann said. "We'll have that debate Monday night. I guess my expectation is the same four board members will support it, but there is always the possibility that there will be something to cause the board to reconsider.

"We are constantly looking at what money is needed when to bring back what programs. It's a constant gauging of the state budget and our finances. We want to ask for what the staff feels is truly needed, within the means of what the voters are willing to approve."

Hudson said the new tax mix should both bring in additional money to the district and reduce property taxes for many people, including farmers.

"Depending upon your valuation of your home and how much you earn, that will affect how much you pay out," Hudson said. "The farmers will benefit from this as well. It will net the school $1 million, which will help get us through."

Dann said the board has had inquiries about participating in a levy committee.

"There has been some interest from folks in the community to participate on the levy committee," Dann said "Obviously, if we go forward with the levy it is going to be critical to get that information out, to get the word out."

Also on the agenda for Monday's meeting are reviews of strategic plans for facilities maintenance and information technology.