Kruse's Korner

Notes from the Superintendent’s Desk

March was a busy month for the board of education as they conducted four public hearings or forums.  On March 8, the board held a forum at the elementary building in Rockwell City to answer and address questions about the April 3 Voter PPEL vote and projects being proposed.  On March 19, a calendar hearing, followed by a budget hearing, and finally a second public forum  for the Voter PPEL proposed project was conducted.  Following the hearings on March 19, the board held its regular school board meeting.

The 2018-19 school calendar has a school start date for students of August 23.  Monthly inservice dates will still be conducted, but they will alternate days of the week during the year.  As for the 2018-19 school budget, the board reviewed the published budget but decided to wait until after the April 3 Voter PPEL vote before certifying it with the Department of Management.  A special meeting will be held in early April to approve the budget. 

The Voter PPEL hearing provided good feedback from those who were able to attend.  The hearing dispelled some of the myths about the project and identified rationale and the procedures used by the board to determine the scope of the project being pursued as an investment in the district's future.  The Voter PPEL levy would be a 10 year levy that requires a simple majority to approve.  The levy rate would be multiplied by $1.34 per $1,000 of the taxable valuation of the property.  The decision to make the Voter PPEL a property tax only question was made simply as it allows the board to borrow against the levy.  Income surtax cannot be borrowed against.

A couple of long time teachers have chosen to retire:  Barb Dettmann and Karen Wise.  Both teachers will be missed for the service they have provided to area students.  Their dedication and commitment to students is evident when speaking with each of them.

It is the policy of the South Central Calhoun Community School District to not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, creed, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or socioeconomic status in its programs, activities or employment practices.  Questions or grievances related to this policy may be addressed to the district’s Equity Coordinator, Wendi Geno, at South Central Calhoun CSD, 1000 Tonawanda Avenue, Rockwell City, IA 50579 or call 712-297-7222.  

Posted 3.20.2018