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Mason City School Board to discuss levy timeline and procedures

Mason City School Board
Mason City School Board

MASON CITY – The Mason City School Board will meet Monday and discuss a range of issues, including a timeline and procedures for a Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL).

A PPEL is used to fund repair, infrastructure, and specified equipment purchases.  According to Cerro Gordo County Auditor Ken Kline, “I would estimate the cost of a special election at $5,500.”

Superintendent Anita Micich and Executive Director of Business and Financial Services Ramona Jeffrey will provide the Board with additional information on Instructional Support Program and Physical Plant and Equipment Levy timelines and procedures.

A PPEL is voted on by special election of the taxpayers and is set for 5 or 10 year periods. According to a presentation in 2012 to the school board, there are two rate options for this levy:
– $0.67 per thousand or $1.34 per thousand
– Combined Board/Voter maximum = $1.67 per thousand

In other business, Assistant Superintendent of Administrative Services Hal Minear will provide information related to enrollment numbers in the district for the second semester.

Superintendent Anita Micich will provide updates to the Board on the implementation of Blue Zones requirements.

A request for the Lincoln Intermediate El Equipo Robotics team to take an out- of-state, overnight trip Wednesday, April 17 to Sunday, April 21, 2013, to attend the VEX Robotics World Championships in Anaheim, California will be considered.

A resolution that requests the Iowa Legislature set a 4% allowable growth rate for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 school years prior to consideration of educational reform measures will also be considered.   The Democratically-controlled Iowa Senate has already approved 4% allowable growth but Governor Branstad has not yet given his recommendation.

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