Antigo board schedules budget vote, interviews|
The Antigo school board plans final action on a 2013-14 budget next Tuesday, and will interview candidates to fill an open seat on the panel on Nov. 5.
At its regular monthly meeting Tuesday, the board set those dates for the special meetings, meeting state and local perameters for the budget action, and working toward filling the vacancy caused by the resignation of Dr. Karl Niedermann in late September in a timely manner.
The board traditionally certifies the levy at the close of October, after enrollment numbers and state aid figures are finalized, but delayed the action as the state legislature worked toward adding additional state aid dollars.
Director of Administrative Services Mary Jo Filbrandt noted that action, tied to property tax relief, was signed by Gov. Scott Walker on Sunday and certification is expected today.
The district’s latest budget numbers project a 7.56 percent increase in the mill rate, which is expected to rise 60 cents, to $8.54 per $1,000 of equalized valuation.
Earlier estimates had placed the increase upwards of 10 percent, or 80 cents per $1,000, but some last-minute cuts and the extra state aid dollars trimmed the total.
“We’re in better shape than we thought we’d be in and we’re encouraged by that,” Dr. Don Childs, district administrator, said.
Board President Mike Boldig said the reduced tax rate “is promising. It puts us in a better position.”
The anticipated rate of $8.54 remains 70 cents below the tax rate of $9.24 levied for the 2011-12 school year.
The field of candidates has grown to six, with applications continuing to be accepted through Monday for the board vacancy, with interviews and perhaps a final selection set for Nov., 5.
Candidates must drop off a letter of interest with Board President Mike Boldig at the Administrative Office on Dorr Street by the deadline. The applications should state, in 50 words or less, why the person wishes to be considered for the vacancy plus a summary of qualifications.
Any qualified elector of the district may apply. He or she must be a U.S. citizen 18 years or older and must reside in the district.
Interested persons may call the district office at 715 627-4355, extension 1236, if they have questions.
The successful candidate will serve until the April, 2014 general election. At that time, voters will select four school board members.
The field currently includes Sheryl Perkins, Roy Dieck, Tom Zatloukal, Dr. Patrick McKenna, Andy Merry and Scott Jensema.
In other matters, the board accepted the resignation of Margaret Domke as high school lunch assistant and Sue Immel as pupil services administrative assistant.
It also hired Amy Brown as kindergarten/SAGE teacher at North Elementary School for the 2013-14 school year.
A request from the school district task force, which spent much of the past year studying finance and long-term facility needs, to conduct a district-wide survey brought a bit of discussion and some dissension.
Topics will likely include elementary schools, grade configurations, random drug testing and perhaps other areas. Results are expected to be reported back to the board in December.
“We need to find out what this district is going to look like down the road,” board member Joe Kretz said.
The plan was approved on a 7-1 vote, with Clark Palmer opposed.
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