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Pequot Lakes School: Board approves final levy

Echo Journal file photo.

The Pequot Lakes School District has a levy in place for the coming year.

The school board voted in its Monday, Dec. 17, meeting to approve its final levy for $5,994,768 - a 5.64 percent increase over the previous year's levy - and the local option revenue remaining at $424 per pupil and a board-approved $300 per pupil subsidized by the state.

In a truth in taxation meeting held before the regular board meeting, business manager Heidi Hagen outlined the cost to area property taxes based on the proposed levy. Based on a market value of $150,000, a residential property would be taxed $395, and a commercial or industrial property $495. Agricultural property would be taxed $111.

When comparing residential tax totals with nearby school districts, totals for Pequot Lakes are nearly identical to Crosby-Ironton, roughly $90 higher than that of Pine River-Backus and substantially lower than Little Falls.

When polled, all board members voted in favor of the levy.

In other action, the board:

• Accepted eight donations to the district totalling $4,975.

• Accepted the resignations of paraprofessional Shelly Raines, custodian Marjorie Kirsling and American Indian Education Coordinator Kathie Harman. They also approved the hiring of instructional coach Margaret Velasco, early childhood special education teacher Jenny Heroff and community education secretary Lori Bernu.

The board used the final minutes of the meeting to honor board members Valarie Wallin, who was not at the meeting, and Brandon Andersen as their terms end. Wallin has served on the board since January 2009 and Andersen since January 2011. Dena Moody and Tracy Wallin will join the board as new members in January.

The two were presented with a bell, which are given to retirees within the district.

Board member Curt Johnson was not in attendance.

Dan Determan

Staff Writer for the Pineandlakes Echo Journal weekly newspaper.

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