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Mason City School Board gears up for pursuit of two tax levies; set to give Superintendent Micich a raise

Mason City School Administration Building at 15th Street and South Penn Ave., located between Roosevelt Elementary and Lincoln Intermediate schools.
Mason City School Administration Building at 15th Street and South Penn Ave., located between Roosevelt Elementary and Lincoln Intermediate schools.

MASON CITY – The Mason City Board of Education will convene at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the Board Room of the School Administration Building for its regular meeting.

Among the items on the agenda, the school board will look to pursue a voter-approved Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL).  The school board is already at this time hoping voters approve an Instructional Support Levy (ISL) on September 10th.  Both levies apply to property taxes.

The voters may authorize a voted Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (VPPEL) for a period not exceeding ten years and in an amount not exceeding $1.34 per thousand dollars of assessed valuation. The VPPEL revenues may be used for the same purposes as the PPEL revenues. In adddition, the board may obtain loans against future VPPEL revenues and may repay that debt with interest from the VPPEL (Iowa Code section 298.2.), according to the Iowa Department Education.

Regarding the ISL, Superintendent Anita Micich will provide information on the ISL Oversight/Planning Team.

In addition, the school board will look to extend a one-year agreement for the following shared positions between the Mason City Community School District and the Clear Lake Community School District: Superintendent, Food Service and Nutrition Director and IT Director.

A salary/benefits package of a 2.5% overall increase for superintendent, district administrators,supervisors, food service managers and other miscellaneous school personnel not under bargaining units will be presented. Mrs. Micich’s salary was $177,500 in the 2011-2012 school year.

In other business, the school board will consider a recommendation that Ramona Jeffrey be appointed as Board Secretary/Treasurer and that Susan Deike be appointed as Recording Secretary for 2013-2014 and NIACOG will make a presentation.

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