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by Nancy Grindle Correspondent · November 30th, 2017


With the failure of the recent bond referendum this fall, the Linn-Mar Board of Education has turned its sights on necessary renovations.

The board has decided not to consider a new referendum until September 2018 at the very earliest. Instead, it will look at available funding for projects which are needed at the present time.

According to the District's Board Book, "The decision came during the board's regular meeting on November 6 and following a recent meeting to analyze the results of the September 12 bond referendum outcome and feedback gathered from the community."

A statement from Superintendent Quintin Shepherd indicated that the district had "worked hard to develop a fiscally responsible plan" that would help address the rapid growth in the schools. He said now it must do whatever it can to ensure the same high level of education "with the existing resources we have available to us."

He added that immediate action must be taken for renovations at three of the elementary schools: Indian Creek, Bowman Woods and Wilkins.

As soon as those are completed, renovations at Excelsior Middle School will follow, "as early as 2019," Shepherd said. "These renovations help ensure that a safe and secure environment conducive to learning exists for all school children in the district."

The board is expected to discuss a construction cycle, a 10-year facilities plan and a timeline for the projects during its December 11 regular meeting, which will be held at 5 p.m. at the boardroom of the Learning Resource Center.

Please note that this meeting is at 5 p.m. instead of the usual meeting time of 7 p.m. It will be open to the public.



Qualifications for funding

In another Board Book item, it was noted that based on official certified enrollment for October 2017, the district qualifies for some additional funding.

First, because of the district's increased enrollment, a one-time sum of $824,460.50 in modified supplemental funding is available.

Second, because of students who open enrolled out of the district and were not on the October 2016 count, the district qualifies for $179,275.20.

In addition, the district qualifies for $13,196.70 for ELL (English Language Learner) students that are served beyond five years.

The board unanimously passed a resolution to approve the SBRC (School Budget Review Committee) application for the modified supplemental amount, which will give the district increased spending authority for these dollars.

However, in the spring, when the budget will be certified, is when the board actually determines whether or not to receive these funds through the district's cash reserve levy.

The board approved the letting of bus bids, not to exceed $450,000. This will fund four new school buses.

Other board business included the first reading of a number of policy revisions. Topics pertained to foreign exchange students; academic eligibility for co/extra-curricular activities; excursions and trips; and student health and safety (emergency drills and wellness). A number of miscellaneous topics were also reviewed. Topics included fines, fees and charges; and child/dependent adult abuse reporting as well as administrative regulations regarding abuse reporting.
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