Glenwood City School District projecting levy increase for new budget

By Cara L. Dempski

GLENWOOD CITY — The state legislature may be at a stalemate with the 2017-2019 biennial budget, but that did not stop Glenwood City from presenting a proposed budget for this school year Monday night.

The district held the 2017 budget hearing and annual meeting September 11 in the district board room at the high school. The full board was present, in addition to two district residents.

[emember_protected] District superintendent Tim Johnson presented the projected budget numbers for the current year, noting things could change before the final budget is approved.

The proposed 2017-2018 budget estimates the district will pick up $1,277,520 in revenues, which will be spent on curriculum, activities, pupil services, general administration, business administration, and instructional service payments.

The projected total budget, including state aid, is $8,935,259. This represents an increase of $562,194 over last year’s budget.

“Why is there such a large increase?” Johnson asked. “It’s because of the addition of categorical aid and sparsity aid.”

The proposed tax levy for this year’s budget totals $2,489,347, which equals a mill rate of $10.44 per $1,000 in property value, and represents a 40 cent increase over the 2016-2017 rate. However, since the final property valuation is not yet available, Johnson cautioned the mill rate could drop to roughly $9.80 per $1,000 after the final valuations are made.

While the levy amount would stay the same, the lower mill rate indicates a greater number of taxable properties in the Glenwood City School District.

The assembled board voted unanimously to approve the budget before adjourning the hearing and taking a short break prior to the annual meeting.

Annual meeting

The 2017 annual meeting opened with the election of Dr. Lisa Kaiser as the meeting chairwoman. Board treasurer John Logghe presented the treasurer’s report, which was approved unanimously by all present.

The board and district members present at the meeting voted unanimously to approve the 2017-2018 tax levy of $2,489,347 to support the proposed budget, including general operations, debt service and community education.

District residents present at the meeting also approved:

• Setting board member salaries of $2,100 for officers and $1,800 for members.

• Reauthorization of $50 for board members participating in any special board or committee meetings outside of regular monthly meetings.

• Payment to board members on official school district business for actual travel expenses, including room and board, and a per diem of $40 when traveling outside the district.

• Authorization for the board to defend or prosecute any action in which the district is implicated, and to hire the appropriate personnel for such action.

• Authorization for the board to set the next annual meeting date for August 20, 2018.

• Providing student accident insurance with district funds.

Building administrators Patrick Gretzlock and Betsy Haltinner gave reports on last year’s achievements and goals for this school year, as did special education and student services director Nicole Brite.

Regular meeting

The board held a brief regular meeting prior to the budget hearing.

Recent board appointee Chuck Draxler was sworn in, and the board approved several agenda items.

Jessica Erickson was approved as the new assistant softball coach, Darla Magsam was approved to take over as the high school yearbook advisor, and Julie Anderson was approved as the new Destination Imagination coordinator.

The board also approved a $2,000 donation from the Wrestling Club. Information regarding potential uses for the donation was not available at the meeting.

The board also set committee and regular meetings for September 25, October 9 and 23, and November 13 and 27. [/emember_protected]