Boyceville school board presents balanced budget to district residents

By Cara L. Dempski

BOYCEVILLE — Barring any unforeseen major costs, Boyceville schools will spend the same amount of money they receive in state aid and from local tax levies for the current budget year.

The Boyceville school board held a budget hearing and annual meeting in the middle and high school library October 9, during which the 2017-2018 proposed budget was presented. The district asked for, and received, approval for a budget totaling $8,944,933.

[emember_protected] The total budget represents money spent for student instruction, debt service, and district services. The Boyceville Community School District’s budget is mostly comprised of state aid, but will require a local tax levy of $3,099,507.

This includes $2,057,678 for the general operating and community service funds, and $1,041,829 for the debt service fund. District residents will be responsible for a total levy of $3,099,507. The local levy is $38,306 less than last year’s, and carries a mill rate of $10.59 per $1,000 in property value across the district.

District superintendent Kevin Sipple explained the mill rate is the lowest Boyceville has seen since shortly after the 2008 housing crisis.

After the budget was presented and approved by district residents, the annual meeting was opened, and current board president Tim Sempf was elected chairman.

Sipple provided a report on the district to the assembled residents, noting Boyceville students excel in every aspect of education and school involvement, and the district seems to have the full support of the communities it serves.

After Sipple’s report, attending district residents approved borrowing money as necessary for the operations during the 2017-2018 school year, and selling and disposing of excess and obsolete school property no longer needed by the district.

The motion to authorize the Board of Education to levy the amount needed for district operations, but not in excess of the allowable levy limit for operating costs and debt service and assessed against all taxable property within the district received unanimous approval.

In other business, district residents:

• Approved setting board member salaries at the current rates of $2,150 for the president, $1,600 for the vice president, $1,750 for the clerk and treasurer, and $1,600 for other board members.

• Approved reimbursing board members for actual milage for travel outside the school district, along with meals and other necessary expenses.

• Approved a $100 per diem for a full day, and $50 for a half day, when conducting business outside the district.

• Approved authorization use of an independent hearing officer from Weld Riley Law Firm when necessary.

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

• Approved public depositories at Peoples State Bank and Local Government Investment Pool

• Approved allowing the board to set a date and time for the 2018 annual meeting. [/emember_protected]