Elk Mound Board of Education approves 2017-2018 tax levy at October meeting

By Cara L. Dempski

ELK MOUND — The Board of Education for the Elk Mound Area School District unanimously approved a levy of nearly $2.8 million last week.

The Elk Mound school board approved a total of $2,877,593 in levies for the 2017-2018 school year during the October 23 monthly gathering after approving the fall budget variance report.

This content is for members only. Superintendent Eric Wright explained $2,002,387 of the total levy will be used for general fund expenses like paying staff, but the other $875,206 will be used for referendum approved debt service for outstanding debts from the latest referendum.

Wright said the “big three” determining factors for the budget – property value in the district, student enrollment, and the state budget – were not yet in place when the preliminary budget was set at the annual meeting in August. With those now in place, he feels comfortable with the levy amount passed.

District taxpayers will see a mill rate of $8.51 per $1,000 of home value for this year’s levy.

After approving both the fall budget variance and the levy, the board moved on to approval of using CESA 10 for technology services, and read the district’s new police on the use of service animals on school premises a second time before unanimously approving it.

The group adopted the first reading of policy 690 governing the disposition of district property such as computers and older equipement. The police will be read a second time at the next meeting before it is voted on.

The board unanimously accepted the resignations of head track coach Jeremiah Fredrickson and assistant track coach Jonathan Langreck, along with the resignations of high school para professional Courtney Jones-Holm and powerlifting assistant Aaron Maves.

One of the last topics of discussion in the open meeting was the November 20 board meeting, which will include representatives from the CESA 10 facilities assessment team. Wright said the team will present the assessment findings during the meeting, and the board is considering holding the meeting in the high school auditorium to handle the higher number of district residents who may wish to be present.

The board then moved to closed sessions, where it:

• Approved hiring Angie Klemp as an elementary recess supervisor.

• Approved hiring Jonathan Langreck as the new high school track coach. They held off on hiring a new assistant coach at this time.

• Approved hiring Rita Lapp as a part-time food service employee.

• Approved Gabbi Meisner as a part-time high school special education paraprofessional.