Provo School District's Board of Education has accepted a $40.2 million budget and a proposed tax rate for 1988-89.

District officials will be forced to tighten strings with a budget that is $500,000 less than the current budget, but they refused to raise property taxes. The school board promised citizens four years ago that they would not raise the mill levy for five years. The fifth year will begin July 1.The final budget for 1987-88 was also accepted by the board. The budgets and proposed tax rate were reviewed by board members three weeks ago in a special meeting. No changes were made before final adoption Tuesday.

State revenue will be up more than $200,000 in next year's budget, but the extra money is only to fund a larger student population. Local funding is down as assessed property valuation continues to decrease due in part to delinquent tax collections.

In other business, Provo High School teacher Charles Shackett was named as the new vice principal at Provo High.

The board selected Nielsen and Hales of Spanish Fork as the vendor for the kitchen remodeling project at Maeser Elementary. Nielsen and Hales were the low bidders at $48,471.

Change orders for remodeling at Farrer Middle School were also approved. Modifications in the school's fire alarm system and several other necessary repairs will total almost $10,000.