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The White Lake school board is expected to move forward with plans for a November spending referendum Tuesday.

The board will convene for its regular August session at 6 p.m. in the school library.

Leading the agenda will be formal approval of the paperwork necessary to hold the spending referendum, which will be identical to an April ballot questions which failed by two votes.

The district is seeking $250,000 annually above state-imposed revenue limits for the next three years. The dollars would replace a $200,000, three-year referendum that expired at the close of the 2013-14 school year and would be used to maintain existing programs.

Without the dollars, district officials have warned that the district could face a deficit in excess of $286,000 for the upcoming year, a substantial number for the school that operates with an overall budget of about $3 million.

The district floated its first successful revenue-limit exemption in 2001, with voters approving them since until the April vote. The amounts had ranged from $200,000 to $250,000 annually for three to five years.

Immediately after the April defeat, the board regrouped and decided to move forward with an identical plan in November.

“They felt we need to bring it to the voters again,” District Administrator Bill Fisher said. “Community members have encouraged them to do so.”

To move ahead, the board must approve two resolutions. The first will authorize the district to exceed state-imposed revenue limits by $250,000 for three years for non-recurring purposes. The second one will set the referendum date for Nov. 4 as part of the regular fall election.

In other business, the board is expected to approve a shared service agreement with the Elcho school district for technology support.

The two small districts share teachers and support services in a number of areas, including Fisher as joint administrator.

The board will also received updates on the construction of a new softball field adjacent to the school; approve handbooks for substitute teachers, volunteers and transportation, and extend its contract with Lamers Bus Company.

Personnel matters will be led by support staff compensation and hiring an art teacher, special education aide, assistant football coach and junior high girls basketball coach.

Following the open meeting, the board will reconvene in closed session to review 2014-15 staffing.


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