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Lanesboro School Board sets 2014 levy


Fri, Dec 27th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Education

The Lanesboro School Board certified their levy and approved the budget at their regular meeting on December 19. The levy for 2014 was set at $373,445.53.

Superintendent Jeff Boggs said the levy has gone down this year, and has been doing so for the last five years, which has been good for the taxpayers.

“A lot of the levy is beyond our control,” said Boggs. “I think we’ll see an increase in the levy again in the future.”

The state aid increased $20,000, but Boggs noted that overall, the district is getting less money. The district used to get money from the state based on how many students were open enrolled, which amounted to about $40,000 a year. The state has changed the way that is calculated, and the figure is down to $29,000. Of the $73,037 earmarked for Health and Safety, $50,000 is for the ventilation system that was required by the state.

The budget was also approved, with expenditures at $4,574,849. Boggs said he is not happy with what he has been seeing with the budget. The revenue is down some this year. Part of that is compensatory aid, which is based on the number of students that receive free or reduced lunches.

Board member Steve Snyder said he would be interested in knowing what other schools get from the state per pupil unit, especially schools in larger cities.

Boggs spoke about an operating referendum. Lanesboro does not currently have one, as they let the last one expire due to lack of need. Boggs explained the money from the last referendum is in a savings account, which has about $3 million. The district is spending this savings as an operating referendum. When the reserves get down to one or one and a half million, they might have to consider another referendum.

Boggs said if the district gets through 2019 with no referendum and no bonds, they will be completely debt free.

Some other concerns Boggs had were a decrease in Title I funding and federal money. He did mention that with the excess money in the state’s budget, the school districts might get some money in June. The state previously held back 30 percent from funding of schools, and may decide to pay that money back. The numbers are unknown at this time if it were to happen.

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Mabel-Canton School Board expresses thanks to many

Fri, Dec 27th, 2013
Posted in Canton Education

The Mabel-Canton Board of Education met on December 17, 2013 immediately following the Truth in Taxation meeting. All members were present. The minutes from the November 19, 2013 board meeting were reviewed and approved. The board wished to than ..... 
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Mabel-Canton School Board expresses thanks to many

Fri, Dec 27th, 2013
Posted in Mabel Education

The Mabel-Canton Board of Education met on December 17, 2013 immediately following the Truth in Taxation meeting. All members were present. The minutes from the November 19, 2013 board meeting were reviewed and approved. The board wished to than ..... 
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Chatfield School Board approves 2014 levy

Fri, Dec 27th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Education

CPA Alan Anderson was in attendance at the Chatfield School Board meeting on Monday, December 16 to give a district audit financial report on the 2012-2013 school year budget. Anderson reported that the school district is doing well in terms of its ..... 
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Kingsland Superintendent McDonald discusses proposed one site location

Fri, Dec 27th, 2013
Posted in Wykoff Education

By Jackie Horsman Over the past few years, Kingsland has been a school that has made leaps and bounds in the academic realm. It is now considered by many to be one of the most progressive and cutting edge schools in Minnesota, as well as a model f ..... 
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Kingsland Superintendent McDonald discusses proposed one site location

Fri, Dec 27th, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Education

Over the past few years, Kingsland has been a school that has made leaps and bounds in the academic realm. It is now considered by many to be one of the most progressive and cutting edge schools in Minnesota, as well as a model for schools across t ..... 
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Budget and levy approved by Fillmore Central School Board

Fri, Dec 27th, 2013
Posted in Preston Education

The Fillmore Central School Board approved the budget for the 2014-2015 school year, as well as the 2013 payable 2014 tax levy, at the regular board meeting on December 18. There was an increase in the levy of 24.32 percent, a difference of more ..... 
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Budget and levy approved by Fillmore Central School Board

Fri, Dec 27th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Education

The Fillmore Central School Board approved the budget for the 2014-2015 school year, as well as the 2013 payable 2014 tax levy, at the regular board meeting on December 18. There was an increase in the levy of 24.32 percent, a difference of more ..... 
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Budget and levy approved by Fillmore Central School Board

Fri, Dec 27th, 2013
Posted in Fountain Education

The Fillmore Central School Board approved the budget for the 2014-2015 school year, as well as the 2013 payable 2014 tax levy, at the regular board meeting on December 18. There was an increase in the levy of 24.32 percent, a difference of more ..... 
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