Equalized values down
A decrease in equalized values will affect taxes in the Iola-Scandinavia School District.
The district’s equalized value fell almost 3.2 percent, finance committee Chairman Bill Peterson told the I-S School Board at its Oct. 11 meeting.
“Even though we hold our spending increases to the bare minimum, our tax levy goes up because of the decrease in equalized values,” he stated.
Exact budget numbers should be available before the board’s special meeting at 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 25, in the high school library. Agenda items for that meeting include final approval of the 2010-11 tax levy and the 2010-11 budget.
Peterson had better news to report on the food service budget.
“Last year student participation was really good (about 75 percent),” Peterson stated. “It started out even better this year, at 77 percent.”
In other business, the board approved coaching contracts for Joe Opperman, middle school boys basketball, and Ashley Kelnhofer, middle school girls basketball. Tamela McCartney was approved as advisor for the National Honor Society.
The board also considered approval of a cheerleading club proposal.
“There will need to be some defined expectations,” stated high school Principal Sara Anderson.
“If we’re going to have a cheerleading program, we need to make it our own by setting guidelines and paying a coach,” agreed District Administrator Joe Price.
The topic was referred to committee for recommendations. If approved by the board, the coaching contract will first be offered to the I-S staff, Price noted.