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Colfax school board conducts annual meeting

By Marlys Kruger

COLFAX — It was a sparse crowd as usual when Colfax District Administrator Bill Yingst, in his fourth year leading the district, gave his report at the annual meeting held July 28 in the high school cafeteria. Three administrators, John Dachel, Trevor Hovde and Polly Rudi along with yours truly were the only members of the audience.

Board president Joel Hilson was elected chairperson while present clerk Mike Lee was elected clerk for the meeting. Total revenues for 2014-15 are projected at $8,452,078 while total expenditures are $8,409,803 with total salary and benefits for school employees accounting for $6,257,902. The only major purchase for the district so far is a new passenger van at a cost of $50,000. The exact amount of state aid for the district for 2014-15 will not be determined until October which means the mill rate and tax levy will also be determined at that time.

Eight resolutions were approved with the first three being combined which refers to providing for the prosecution or defense for any action or proceeding in which the district is interested, furnishing hot lunches to all students, and authorizing the district to sell any personalized property belonging to the district. Resolution number four dealt with the salary of board members and it was decided to keep it the same which is $70 per meeting along with the clerk and president receiving $900 a year and all directors $550 a year. Each board member also receives $100 a day to attend the State School Board Convention and mileage for attending meetings both within and outside the district.

The board approved a tax levy in the amount of $2,571,327 with the understanding that adjustments will be implemented in October following the September membership count not to exceed state allowable level. Approval was given to allow the board to borrow money as needed to meet the immediate expenses of the district, along with changing the date of the October board meeting to the fourth Monday of the month which will be after the equalized aid release date which is needed to set the proposed tax levy.

The final resolution approved was for the amount of $179,569 to be used on new energy efficiency measures and renewable energy projects for 2014-15. These projects include:

• Propane Bus Upgrades with infrastructure

• Upgrade unit ventilators in the elementary school

• Upgrade from pneumatics to DDC in elementary school

• Install VFDs on HW pumps and AHU-1

• Roofing upgrades

• Building envelope

• Indoor lighting upgrades

• IT upgrades (wireless/infrastructure, data center, unified communication/emergency notification)

School will begin for students September 2 and is scheduled to end June 3 but if there are any make up days for snow (or extreme cold like last year) the board and administration will have the right to make calender changes during the year. (School calendars along with the district newsletter should have reached your mailbox last week).

There was no new business to discuss therefor the meeting was adjourned.