By Ivan Raconteur
LESTER PRAIRIE, MN Lester Prairie School Board, during last Monday’s meeting, determined the necessity of renewing an expiring referendum revenue authorization and called for a special election in November.
The district will ask voters to renew the district’s existing referendum of $352 per pupil. If approved, this levy would be first levied in 2013 for taxes payable in 2014, and applicable for 10 years.
Although the net revenue will increase slightly, the local levy will not increase, according to Superintendent Mike McNulty.
This is because the district will receive more state aid next year.
Currently, the district receives $63,002 in state aid. That is expected to increase to $153,869.
The current local levy is $408,047. This number would decrease to $316,883.
The district currently receives $41,896 in equity revenue (funds that are redistributed to help equalize the burden on smaller rural districts compared to larger metro districts). This is expected to increase to $55,709.
As a result of these changes, the net revenue would increase from $512,944 to $526,462.
The per pupil revenue amount will also increase as a result of these changes.
Currently, there is a local voter referendum authorization of $1,021 per pupil.
If voters approve the renewal in November, the per-pupil breakdown will include a location equity authorization of $424, a board-approved referendum of authorization of $300, and a referendum authorization of $352, for a total of $1,076.
The board approved converting voter-approved referendum authority to a board-approved referendum authority and authorized a new board-approved referendum authority of $300 per pupil during last Monday’s council meeting.
This means the board will have authority to approve up to $300 without voter approval.
McNulty noted if the levy is not renewed, the district would be forced to cut expenses $153,930, and these cuts would most likely have to include staff cuts.
Odds and ends
In other business, the board:
• approved contracts with Wes Kapping, assistant track coach; Joe Scoblic, dean of students; Derek Zebell, assistant football coach; Bill Tschida, varsity volleyball coach; Nelia Olson, junior varsity volleyball coach; Christin LaMott, junior high volleyball coach; Jocelyn Buckentin, high school student council advisor; Troy Feltmann, media coordinator; David Rue, elementary choir performance; and Alexandra Edlund, Future Problem Solvers coordinator.
• approved a letter of support for improvements to the Dakota Rail Regional Trail.
• approved the resignation of Monica Mahon as pre-school para.
• approved the 2013-14 student and staff handbooks. Both will be available on the school website.
• approved continuation of the Kid’s Depot program. Three or four students have committed to attending.