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BOLD School Board approves $1.6 million tax levy

chool Board approved a $1.6 million 2015 school property tax levy this week. The board was to have met Monday but postponed the meeting until Wednesday because of bad weather. The board approved a levy that was about the same total as the 2014 le...

chool Board approved a $1.6 million 2015 school property tax levy this week.
The board was to have met Monday but postponed the meeting until Wednesday because of bad weather.
The board approved a levy that was about the same total as the 2014 levy, Superintendent John Dotson said in a telephone interview.
The levy included $88,000 in a voter-approved levy, $1 million for the general fund, $93,000 for community education and $410,000 for debt service.
The debt service levy will be used to pay the costs of employee early retirements and other post-employment benefits. Dotson said the school district is allowed to levy for those costs, and the board decided to do it. Otherwise, the funds would have to come out of the district’s general fund.
The board had been scheduled to discuss the superintendent’s salary, but that discussion was delayed. Dotson said he recently received a three-year extension on his contract. However, the board decided to address the salary issue separately.
Dotson said the board may be waiting until January, when two new board members will join the board.
A new contract for the athletic director/community education director was approved.
The board’s next meeting will be a reorganizational meeting on Jan. 5 and a regular meeting on Jan. 26.

In 42 years in the newspaper industry, Linda Vanderwerf has worked at several daily newspapers in Minnesota, including the Mesabi Daily News, now called the Mesabi Tribune in Virginia. Previously, she worked for the Las Cruces Sun-News in New Mexico and the Rapid City Journal in the Black Hills of South Dakota. She has been a reporter at the West Central Tribune for nearly 27 years.

Vanderwerf can be reached at email: lvanderwerf@wctrib.com or phone 320-214-4340
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