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I-S tax rate lower than expected

School tax levy up 6.9 percent

By Jane Myhra

With both referendums passing, the Iola-Scandinavia School District will present an $11.11 mill rate to taxpayers. This is 10 cents lower than the budgeted mill rate of $11.22.

The school district will levy $4.36 million for the 2016-17 school year, which is up 6.9 percent from the $4.08 million levied for the 2015-16 school year.

School taxes for district residents are projected to increase an average of $6.35 per month for a home valued at $100,000 ($76 annually). This increase will span five years, from 2016-17 through 2020-21.

The board will discuss upcoming capital projects at its Dec. 12 meeting.

“We need to make sure we’re all on the same page as far as the order we do things,” said board member Bruce Beyersdorf.

District Administrator David Dyb announced an increase in school-related volunteer hours at the Iola Car Show. The total earned from over 2,800 hours was over $18,000.

The board discussed options for the 2017-18 school calendar, including whether to begin on Friday, Sept. 1, or Tuesday, Sept. 5.

“There is some good to having that Friday,” said High School Principal Sara Anderson.

Teacher Travis Bassett agreed, noting there is a football game scheduled that night and sports practice begins in mid-August.

“If you lose a student day in September, you need to put it someplace else,” Dyb said.

“The board members believe the administration and staff should make the decision,” said Board President Kristen Hoyord. “We will back you on it.”

The calendar will be on the agenda for the Dec. 12 meeting.

In its consent agenda, the board accepted the hiring of JoAnn Kampert as school nurse and the resignation of Nathan Schustek as middle school girls basketball coach.

Dan Tap received a Star Award for 12 years of coaching ISRA soccer.

The four state cross country participants also received Star Awards.

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