Central’s preliminary levy down 12 percent

Taxpayers in District 108 should be seeing a reduction in the school district portion of their property taxes in 2013. School Board members approved a preliminary levy of $2,213,177.42 at the Sept 24 meeting.

This is a 12 percent decrease from the levy one year ago of $2,515,200.74, and the maximum levy the district is allowed. This levy amount can be further reduced, but cannot be increased before final approval in December.

Superintendent Brain Corlett explained than the reduced levy amount includes several adjustments including a lease adjust and community education levy adjustment and deferred maintenance costs which will save the district about $156,900.

Board members also approved a new two-year contract for principals following negotiations sessions. The new contract calls for a  2.5 percent increase in salary for each of the two years for all principals. There are no other changes in the contract, Corlett said.

In other business, the board:
• Heard a presentation from Barb Hone, from the Arts Consortium of Carver County. Hone invited the district to take advantage of the group’s programs and event promoting the arts throughout the county. She also said all county high schools have been given a lifetime membership to the arts consortium.

• Recognized several donations to the schools, including the Target Take Charge of Education program, the Kopp Family Foundation and the Whole Kids Foundation-School Garden Grant.

• Approved several extra curriculum assignments for teachers and coaches, lane changes for various teachers and a number of school trips for the year.

• Approved new Minnesota School Board Association policy changes.

• Briefly addressed the recent test scores from all three school on the Multiple Measurement Rating (MMR) All schools had very good test results.

• Will hold the next regular board meeting on Monday, Oct. 22, 6 p.m. in the high school Room A240.