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RV takes care of organizational matters

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

By Ken Ross, Managing editor

At the first meeting of the fiscal year, the River Valley School Board took care of several organizational matters.

The Ahlers law firm will continue to be the district's legal counsel.

The Chronicle Times and the Sioux Valley News will continue to be the districts official newspapers.

The district will continue to use the same three official depositories with the only change being an increase from $2 million to $2.5 million as the maximum deposit at each financial institution.

The board approved bread bids from Earth Grains and from Wonder, each serving one of the buildings. The board approved the bid from Well's Blue Bunny for dairy products.

The board approved a propane bid from Johnson Propane.

The board approved a contract for Beth Balza as high school math teacher and for Bob Hantsbarger as junior high football coach. The board approved contracts for three assistant high school football coaches - Terry Jensen, Graham Lundt and Dave Schipper.

The board accepted a resignation from Diana Stowater as teacher assistant.

The board was informed that donations from alumni and community members have raised $5,175 so far toward a track resurfacing project.

Mary Todd, board member, gave a report on the School Infrastructure Local Option (SILO) sales tax vote scheduled for a vote in Woodbury County on Aug. 2. The district gets revenue from one cent SILO taxes both in Woodbury County and in Cherokee County.

The tax sunsets after 10 years. Woodbury County was the first county in the state to pass a SILO tax. There have been some changes in the law which will go into effect when and if the tax is passed for another 10 year period.

When the tax was first authorized by the state it was restricted to infrastructure. Now it can be used for any purpose allowed for use of Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL) funds. This includes school buses.

Superintendent Julie DeStigter noted that school bus replacement is a heavy expense for the district, which is 214 square miles.

There will also be a reduction in the per pupil amount that the district receives from the tax. Woodbury County has a retail center that brings in more sales tax revenue per capita than less populated counties.

Changes in the law from when it was originally passed means that a county will get no more than the state average per-pupil funding with any revenue over that amount used for statewide equalization of revenues.

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