Dist. 84 sets maximum tax levy

SLEEPY EYE – The District 84 Board of Education approved a resolution last Wednesday certifying the maximum amount for the 2016 Payable 2017 tax levy at 2 percent, pending information from the Minnesota Department of Education.

The final 2016 levy, payable in 2017, will be set at the December school board meeting. A 2-percent increase would add $24,202.46 to the FY 2017 levy of $1,210,123, for a total levy of $1,234,325.46.

School District Revised FY 2016 Budget revenues were $6,580,612 and expenditures were $6,255,355. FY 2017 Budget revenues are $6,711,638 and expenditures $6,391,556.

Other approved action items included a call for 2016-17 snow removal quotes and 17 open enrollment requests (nine from Springfield, six from New Ulm, and one each from Cedar Mountain and Gibbon Fairfax Winthrop (GFW).

The board approved the resignations of Elementary Special Education Paraprofessional Charlotte Sorenson, Varsity Softball Coach Tim Hoffman, Assistant Football Coach Brandon Havemeier and Three-Act Play Director Kristina Iwan.

Hire approvals included: Assistant Football Coach Craig Murphy, $3,147; Varsity Softball Coach Amber Waibel, $3,907; Junior High Volleyball Coach Allison Woitas, $1,841; K/1 combination teacher Whitney Lilleodden, $34,688; paraprofessional Crescent Ludewig, $10.38/hr., 7.25 hours/day; Three-Act Play/Musical Director Sandy Brinkman, $1,833; Three-Act Play Technical Director Mary VanRoeckel, $1,833; and Student Council Advisor Darcy McGee, $693.

A $1,000 donation from the Sleepy Eye Lions Club to benefit the Elementary Biz Town program was accepted.

Superintendent John Cselovszki said the elementary floor replacement project was complete.

High School Principal Shane Laffen said all 7-12 students have iPads and most instruction is on them. In addition, standards-based grading is now being used. At student-led conferences held on Aug. 31, students discussed last school year academics and their academic goals for this year.

The next board meeting begins at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 12, in the Conference Room.