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School Board Sets 2009-10 Budget

By Staff | Apr 21, 2009

The budget for the upcoming 2009-2010 school year was adopted by the Emmetsburg Community Schools Board of Education during a meeting held Apr. 8, at the high school/middle school library. The board held a public hearing on the 2009-2010 budget at the time; however, no public input was heard.

“The budget we published is one that we agreed on at our work session,” said Superintendent John Joynt. “The General Fund tax would go up $1.82, but it will not go up that much total because the PPEL [Physical Plant & Equipment Levy] tax will go down and the Instructional Support Levy went down, and both of those are supported with income tax surtax.”

Joynt explained that the district patrons made more income, so more income tax is collected. Therefore, income tax will pay more of the PPEL and Instructional Support Levy than property tax.

“So, the increase will be about $1.66, which brings the tax asking up to $13.13,” Joynt said. “It still can go down if the Department of Management thinks there’s more income tax collected, and there’s other things that can result in it being adjusted downward, but they can’t adjust it upward. That would take special action.”

With no further discussion, the board adopted the budget for the coming school year.

In other business, the board members approved a bid for seating for the new Middle School auditorium. Bids from five bidders were submitted and opened on March 24.

“We initially liked the seat from Iowa Direct Equipment for $88,326,” said Joynt. “It had laminated arm rests, a wider back, cloth end panels on the aisles, and swing out arm panels for those with disabilities. However, School Specialities [the low bidder] said that they would match everything we liked about the other company’s chair for $83,948.”

Joynt continued, “Cherokee has had a similar chair for five years and they’re very happy with it. Akron High School has the exact same model number for two years and they’re very satisfied. Missouri Valley has had theirs for ten years with no problems.”

With little discussion, the board then approved the low bid, submitted by School Specialities, for $83,948 for the BW-220 Contour chair.

Board members also briefly discussed the possibility of a cornerstone located in the former Middle School. Joynt referred to a copy of the Apr. 17, 1930 “Emmetsburg Reporter,” which described the contents of a cornerstone that was to be laid at the site of the new high school (currently the old middle school) building.

Joynt will investigate what is required to remove the cornerstone, and what, if any, impact removal will have on the structure. The item will be placed on the agenda of a future meeting of the board.