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Pequot Lakes School: Board approves preliminary levy

Echo Journal file photo.

The Pequot Lakes School Board has a preliminary levy in place.

The board agreed to certify the maximum preliminary levy for 2018, payable in 2019, in its Monday, Sept. 17, meeting.

If the maximum is approved as the final levy, the district will operate with a total tax levy of $5,855,332 - an increase of $180,400 from the previous year - and the local option revenue remaining at $424 per pupil.

"I do feel, after our last meeting, there is more to discuss and look into," board member Kim Bolz-Andolshek said. "So I think it is appropriate to set the maximum levy."

When certifying its final levy in December the board cannot exceed the amount of the preliminary levy, but can decrease the amount.

In other action Monday, the board:

• Unanimously agreed to set its annual truth in taxation meeting for 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17, with the board's regular meeting to follow at 6:30 p.m.

• Agreed to establish an alternative career pathways memorandum of understanding between the school district and Education Minnesota-Pequot Lakes.

• Conducted second readings of potential policy changes regarding public data requests and internet acceptable use and safety. The board will take action on these two policy changes after conducting a third reading at its October meeting.

• Accepted 12 donations to the district, totalling $8,413.

As part of its consent agenda, the board accepted the leave and retirement requests of middle school physical education teacher Jon Dale, along with the resignations of assistant volleyball coach Kendra Johnson and strength coach Jamison Wagner.

The board also approved the hirings of long-term substitute Abigail Browne, van driver Mary Ryan, cooks helper Erin Rindahl, early childhood paraprofessionals Myla Carlson and Barbara Bengtson, early childhood clerical Abby Jacobs, middle level cross country coach Autumn Thull, clay target head coach Scott Goddard, clay target assistant coach Chad Nelson, strength coach Jason Roepke, assistant volleyball coach Carrie Joyce and middle level paraprofessional Jacqueline Olmscheid.

Board chair Mike Erholtz was not in attendance.

Dan Determan

Staff Writer for the Pineandlakes Echo Journal weekly newspaper.

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