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ELC School Board $26.6m budget

Property tax levy at $15.87 mils

March 19, 2013
By Michael Tidemann - Staff Writer , Estherville Daily News

The Estherville Lincoln Central Board of Education Monday held a public hearing and approved a $26.6 million budget.

Kate Woods, business manager and board secretary, said the budget assumes zero percent allowable growth from the state. Lawmakers currently are debating education bills - one for 2 percent allowable growth and another 4 percent.

Instruction comprises $11,124,484 of the budget, with support services - which include staff support, administration, plant operation and maintenance, and student transportation - totalling $4,757,928.

With noninstructional programs, facilities acquisition and construction, debt service and AEA support, total expenditures budgeted are $19,651,968. With a projected ending fund balance of $6,515,109, the total budget requirements are $26,656,900, or a levy rate of 15.87059.

Local property taxes will bring in an estimated $5,178,129 of revenue with the lion's share of revenue coming from state aid, at $8,131,606.

In other business Monday, the board approved the consent agenda and Woods reviewed finances.

High-school teachers Laura Condon, math, and Kris Turner, science, reported on a recent workshop they attended, Bacon Wrapped Lessons, intended to make education more enjoyable and memorable for students.

Condon said educators were challenged to find one lesson they thought was their best and to submit it to an online blog. First teachers then actual students reacted to the material.

Condon and Turner thanked the board and administration for sending them to the conference, for pushing professional development and for their support.

In administrative reports, elementary principal Justin Bouse noted 95 percent parental attendance at parent-teacher conferences.

Bouse said Smart Boards were in nearly every classroom.

Middle-school principal and curriculum director Deb Lenertz said that on Wednesday eighth-grade students would be coming to the high school for a preview of their high-school career. She said Iowa assessments had also been completed last week.

High-school principal Frank Christenson said sophomores were taking ASSET tests this week and assistant principal and activities director Brad Leonard noted it was a week until the first outdoor track meet. Leonard noted the accomplishments of the girls basketball team and wrestlers.



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