State allows up to $300 ppu levy
By Fritz Busch
SLEEPY EYE - The ISD 84 school board unanimously approved a resolution Thursday authorizing a new board-approved excess tax levy authority.
Late in the session last May, the Minnesota Legislature amended the state's operating referendum program to give all school boards the authority to set the first $300 per adjusted pupil unit of revenue in that program. A district with less than $300 per adjusted pupil unit levy authority may authorize new tax levy authority up to $300 per adjusted pupil unit, according to the Minnesota School Boards Association (MSBA).
Boards only need to ask their voters for a referendum above $300 per adjusted pupil unit if they want more revenue, according to the MSBA. That amount can be renewed every five years by the board without a referendum vote.
The Sleepy Eye school district has no excess tax levy referendums in place.
The first $300 per adjusted pupil unit is equalized at a generous rate so the state will pay, through equalization aid, a significant amount of that revenue to most districts.
Sleepy Eye Superintendent John Cselovszki said the $300 referendum effective with taxes payable 2014, will raise annual taxes $17 on a home valued at $50,000 and $34 on a home valued at $100,000.
"It was created to help districts like ours that have no referendum," Cselovszki said. "It will generate about $180,000 a year, 53 percent ($95,000) from state aid, $85,000 from the local levy."
In other business, Board member Casey Coulson said the salary negotiation committee offered the Sleepy Eye Education Association (SEEA) a 5.8 percent, two-year pay and benefit package.
Cselovszki said the high school band will participate in the Sleepy Eye Corn Day Parade Aug. 17 by performing music while riding on a wagon.
Sleepy Eye Community Education and District 84 now offers complimentary athletic event passes to all residents age 60 and older. Passes can be obtained in the Sleepy Eye Community Education Office, Room 109, Sleepy Eye High School. Names and home addresses must be provided to verify District 84 residency.
The board approved:
A $2,000 donation from the Sleepy Eye Football Boosters to the high school football program.
A speech teacher agreement with Gibbon Fairfax Winthrop (GFW) for the 2013-14 school year.
Hiring Craig Murphy as assistant varsity football coach for the 2013-14 school year at $3,047.
Hiring Tamra Smertneck as .64 full-time equivalent (FTE) Family & Consumer Science instructor, $28,050.56.
Hiring Julie Carlson as .87 FTE high school counselor, $32,216.10, pending non-public funding/benefits and enrollment numbers for Sleepy Eye St. Mary's High School.
Resignations of high school special education paraprofessional Jayme Olsen and Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) instructor Lauren Lippert.
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