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School Board approves language for upcoming referendum

By Kelsie Hoitomt

GLENWOOD CITY — The Board of Education held a special meeting Monday night in regards to a referendum election on April 7.

Board members Judy Achterhof, John Logghe, Lori Klinger, Lisa Kaiser, Jon Mrdutt and Charlotte Obermueller-Stout voted unanimously “yes” to pass two resolutions in regards to the referendum.

These two resolutions will be on the ballot in April. Voters will have the option to vote yes for both resolutions, vote yes for only one or to vote no for all the above.

Resolution number one that was approved was the initial resolution authorizing issuance of General Obligation Bonds in an amount not to exceed $4,740,000.

The money is to go towards the upgrading of the HVAC system (heating, ventilating and air conditioning) in the elementary, roof replacement in the elementary, moving of both offices to the front entrances in regards to safety, fire alarm replacement, elementary traffic flow improvement, exterior lighting and technology upgrades.

This resolution if approved will have no additional amount levied so there will not be an increase on taxes.

Resolution number two that was approved was the initial resolution authorizing issuance of General Obligation Bonds in an amount not to exceed $4,500,000.

This money would cover the cost of upgrading the HVAC system throughout the Middle School and High School.

The system upgrade is crucial in the fact that there are some serious air quality and energy efficiency issues that currently raise a problem in the school.

If voted yes, that resolution would not have an impact on the mill rate either.

And to put that all together as one, the Board approved the resolution providing for a referendum election on the questions of approval of two initial resolutions, authorizing issuance of General Obligation Bonds in an aggregate amount not to exceed $9,240,000.

If this option is voted upon and both resolutions are put together for that nearly $10 million dollar bond, that would raise the mill rate, however the estimated raise is less than one dollar to the tax payers.

There were other items approved at the meeting as well. One was the approval of posting for two administrative assistant positions.

The other approval was to raise the hourly wage stipend up $2 for the executive administrative assistant position.

The Personnel and Negotiations committee did meet before the meeting and retirement was discussed.

It was stated that there was no resolution made at the meeting and further discussions will need to be had in order to find a retirement plan that the Board agrees on completely.

That means that currently there is no retirement plan in place for those staff members who would like to retire at the end of this school year. They would only have access to their state retirement.

It was also stated in last week’s article that at the December 8 meeting, there were all yes votes on the retirement proposal, but in correction, Charlotte Obermueller-Stout did vote no.