EVART — Evart Public Schools needs the approval of two millages and voters will not see them both on the same ballot.

The operating millage renewal, which will bring in $1.78 million for the district this year, was slated to be voted on in May along with the enhancement millage. In an effort to gain support for both millages the board voted to keep the operating millage off the ballot in May.

“We need both of these to pass,” said Evart Public Schools Superintendent Howard Hyde. “I want to make sure we have the best possible chance to be successful.”

The enhancement millage would bring in $155,000 a year for the next five years and requires the funds to be spent on facilities, transportation or technology. Evart Public Schools plans to spend the money on one or two new or used busses and to repair the leaky roof in the high school gymnasium.

“(The roof) is something that has been a problem for a few years,” said Hyde.

Hyde proposed that the operating millage be voted on in 2013 for two years, then again in May of 2014 for one year to maintain a one-year gap in voting.

In other business, Title One teachers Kathy Wirth, Donna Joseph and Mary Ellen VanHoose presented successful teaching initiatives used in the elementary school. In the Star Reading Program, students in first through fourth grades read a book and take a 10-minute test for comprehension. The initiative has shown great success as students improve reading comprehension through practice and goal-setting.

“The kids like to look at their graph and scores and see if they reached their goals,” Joseph said.

The Read Naturally program for second through fourth graders provides extra help with fluency in reading. VanHoose said 42 students participate in the program.

Budget improvements from the beginning of the 2011-12 school year total $343,000. Some improvements came from decreased gas and heat bill due to warm winter weather, eliminating a secretary position, moving the alternative high school to the high school, and not using funds set aside for school nurse help.

Evart Public Schools recorded an overall decrease in enrollment by 10.26 after count day Wednesday, Feb. 8. Hyde said sickness did not impact the count because the school has 30 days to count children who were not at school on count day.

Project Outreach will be held April 12. Thirty high school students will attend breakout sessions at the MOISD in Big Rapids then return to Evart high school and discuss what they learned.

Evart School Board will meet again Monday, March 12 at 7 p.m. at Evart Middle School.