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Kingsland School District approves a levy increase


Thu, Dec 29th, 2011
Posted in Education

The Kingsland School Board approved a 4.41 increase for the 2012 tax levy at their meeting Monday, December 19.

The board held the state mandated Truth in Taxation public hearing to present the 2012 budget and the proposed levy. Business Manager Kathy Beevers presented a two-year comparison of the proposed tax levy for the district. In 2011, the certified levy was $1,942,571. The board approved a certified levy for 2012 at $2,028,326.

Beevers said that the county, city and school have done a good job of holding the line on tax increases. She explained that some residents may see increases in their property taxes because of the elimination of the market value credit that was available in 2011.

She said that the school is not involved in setting market values. The county sets the 2012 market values, which were discussed at the local county board of equalization hearings held earlier this year. There were two citizens in attendance at the public hearing.

Kim Hilbert of LarsenAllen LLP presented the annual audit information. She gave the school district a "clean or enqualified opinion." She said that it was a good year in regard to fund balances. Auditors want to see fund balances between eight and sixteen percent. The Kingsland School District fund balance is at thirteen percent.

LarsonAllen LLP is a professional service firm that provides assurance, accounting, tax, consulting and advisory services to organizations and individuals managing business ventures and finance.

The next school board meeting will be Wednesday, January 18 at 5 p.m. in the district conference room.

A hopeful R-P hosts Senate Tour

Thu, Dec 22nd, 2011
Posted in Education

Aimed at furthering its New School Initiative another step, R-P played host to a contingent of the Minnesota Senate Capital Investment Committee December 15. Senators David Senjem, committee chair, Keith Langseth, Dan Sparks, Jeanne Poppe, DFL-Austi ..... 
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Fillmore Central students learning with virtual reality

Thu, Dec 22nd, 2011
Posted in Education

The Fillmore Central School Board approved the final levy for 2012, which was the same as what was proposed this fall. The total levy is $1,621,231.60, which is a 5.54 percent increase from last year.

Superintendent Richard Keith explained ..... 
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Chatfield Schools hold Truth in Taxation meeting

Thu, Dec 22nd, 2011
Posted in Education

The Chatfield School Board completed its final 2011 agenda at the regular monthly meeting on Monday, December 19. During this regular meeting, the board held its public Truth in Taxation hearing.

The Truth in Taxation hearing was primarily l ..... 
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Lanesboro School Board approves levy and budget

Fri, Dec 16th, 2011
Posted in Education

The Lanesboro School Board approved the budget and levy for 2012 during their regular meeting on December 15. Superintendent Jeff Boggs went over the levy certification with the board and explained the different places the school's funds come from.[Read the Rest]

Chatfield School Board discusses passage of levy

Fri, Nov 25th, 2011
Posted in Education

At the monthly Chatfield school board meeting on November 21, 2011, a wide variety of topics were brought in front of the board. All board members were present at the meeting along with Superintendent Edward Harris and other school administrators. S ..... 
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Kingsland School District receives $15,000 Early Childhood Grant from SMIF

Fri, Nov 25th, 2011
Posted in Education

Superintendent John McDonald announced that the Kingsland School district received a $15,000 early childhood grant from the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) for pre-school, school-aged child care and kindergarten programs at the schoo ..... 
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R-P selects architectural firm and consultant

Fri, Nov 25th, 2011
Posted in Education

Following a review process that included the school board, administration and the volunteer members of the Facilities Task Force, the district has decided to move its New School Initiative forward with the architectural firm of ATS&R, of Minneapolis ..... 
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Fillmore Central hears audit report for 2010-2011

Fri, Nov 25th, 2011
Posted in Education

At the regular board meeting on November 22, Fillmore Central received the audit report from Steve Salveson of Smith Schafer and Associates.

Salveson went over the revenues and expenditures for different areas of the budget from 2010-2011. ..... 
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