The Redwood Area Board of Education approved its preliminary 2012, payable 2013 tax levy at the maximum, and even though it is the maximum the proposed levy would see a decrease of 2.85 percent over the actual levy amount for 2012.
According to John Selle-vold, school finance director, one of the main reasons for the decrease is a change in the adjusted net tax capacity and student enrollment – both play a role in the amount of funding a school can levy for annually.
The general education levy proposal would de-crease by $41,413, reflecting a 3.24 percent drop from 2012, and the general debt service levy drops by $36,073, which reflects a 3.26 percent decrease over the 2012 levy.
Another major decrease is seen in the school’s integration aid, which was a new category in 2012.
A law change allowed the district to levy integration aid, and to meet its needs for the 2011-12 and 2012-13 school years, the district levied for both last year.
While that levy would decrease by more than 64 percent, the district still receives the funding it would need to run its integration program for the year.
Approving the maximum levy now does not mean the school board’s decision is final. The final levy amount is not determined until later in the year.
However, the amount levied for 2013 can’t increase for the upcoming year from what it approved in the preliminary levy.
It can decrease.
Sellevold warned, however, a decrease in the levied amount would also reflect a decrease in the amount of aid the district receives.
The school board has approved the date for its public hearing to prior to certifying the levy for Nov. 26 starting at 6:30 p.m. in the board room. This is the chance for the public to address levy concerns.
In other action during its meeting Monday, the school board:
• Approved the annual report of the flexible learning year for the consortium and the school district, which is going to be presented to the Minnesota Department of Educa-tion. The report is a requirement of the 25 school districts who are part of the consortium.
While final decisions about moving forward with another flexible learning year proposal have not yet been made, Rick Ellingworth, RASD superintendent, said those involved at the leadership level indicate they intend to be part of the consortium in the future.
• Approved the purchase of a new gymnastics floor at a cost of $16,496 using the city-school funds. Private donations of more than $9,000 have been raised.
• Accepted the resignation of Christian Elberling from her position as an RVMS paraprofessional.
• Approved the employment of several coaches and advisors including Andy Regnier as B-squad boys basketball coach at a stipend of $2,814, Darren Tighe as the ninth grade basketball coach at a stipend of $2,017, Lindsey Meyer as RVMS girls basketball coach at a stipend of $1,616, Randy Hanson as head boys hockey coach at a stipend of $4,214, Will Sordahl as junior high wrestling coach at a stipend of $1,616, Brittany Sears as junior class advisor at a stipend of $616, Emily Paur as NHS co-advisor at a stipend of $308, Ryan Hiltner as NHS co-advisor at a stipend of $308 and Jason Sommers as varsity assistant boys hockey coach at a stipend of $2,814.
Page 2 of 2 - • Approved the employment of Stacie Hicks as a .37 FTE elementary school reading teacher at a salary of $17,000.