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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 led by Superintendent Edward Harris. Harris gave a summary of the district's levy situation after the November 8 elections. The election results renewed the $350.77 per student rate and the second question increased the rate $250.00 per pupil. Harris also presented the balances in each of the school's funds. Finally, Harris explained the new homestead credit shift being enacted. Following the presentation, public input was encouraged. Barbara Upton expressed her appreciation for seeing small schools being successful for covering basic educational expenses.

In addition to the Truth in Taxation hearing, Harris explained some other items happening within the district. The MSBA, or Minnesota School Boards Association, conference is approaching and will take place in early January. Some Chatfield members will be in attendance. Also, Harris recognized all of the time that was put into achieving Adequate Yearly Progress, or AYP, in the Chatfield school district's reading program. Throughout the fall, the district has been taking an aggressive look at targeting literacy and reading development.

Elementary principal Craig Ihrke reiterated the district's look at the reading program. Ihrke reported that he had made visits to other schools and viewed other reading plans. Principal Ihrke also highlighted the Books for Bikes program where students could win tickets for completing a book. The more tickets that the students received, the better chance they would have for winning a bike. Finally, Ihrke stated that the elementary school will be beginning a student council. Elections for officer positions will be taking place soon.

Secondary principal Randy Paulson mentioned a few items to the board. First he informed the board about the Stop Hate Speech Now program that all Chatfield ninth graders attended. The event was held at Mayo High School. Also, Paulson went to Houston Public Schools to learn about Houston's alternative learning program. In the future, Paulson felt that the program could help Chatfield add additional classes, help students make up classes, and enrich Chatfield's learning environment. To conclude, Paulson shared that staff members went to a Teacher to Teacher Exchange at Dover-Eyota. Teachers met by department to discuss learning tactics and take suggestions for improving instruction.

Another topic on the agenda was the passing of the Louis and Mary Geiger Fund Agreement. This agreement would allow community members to donate money to the school for designated or undesignated purposes. Board member F. Mike Touhy promoted the beneficial program to give back to students. A motion was approved to allow the fund.

Before concluding, the board shared upcoming important dates. December 23 to January 2, 2012, is the district's winter break. The board's organizational meeting takes place January 4, 2012. The next regular monthly meeting will be on Tuesday, January 17, 2012.

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