The Cherokee School Board approved putting an Instructional Support Program (ISP) levy on the ballot Sept. 12, for a three year extension. The levy vote will be on the same ballot as election of school board candidates.
The vote is to extend a levy that is already in place and has been extended repeatedly by a vote of the citizens every three years since first being approved in 1997. The revenue from a combination of a state income tax surtax and property tax is partially matched by state funds.
If approved by voters the ISP levy will remain at not more than 4.5 percent of the total regular program district cost. State law allows an ISP levy not to exceed 10 percent of the total regular program cost as a combination of property and sales tax. Many districts that have an ISP that are at the maximum allowed.
The estimated revenue from the levy would be about $200,000 a year which breaks down to $146,000 coming from a 4 percent state income tax surtax, $30,000 coming from property tax, and $24,000 from state aid.
The planned use for the funding each year of the three years is the same, $85,000 for technology improvements, $20,000 for Early Childhood Learning Center support, $81,000 for classroom and library upgrades (furniture, equipment, instructional materials, teacher training) and $14,000 for musical instrument replacement and repair.
The board approved the hiring of Jessie Weishaar for the position of high school social studies teacher. Also approved for hiring were Ted Reis for assistant high school wrestling coach, Richard Kolpin as half-time custodian, Lisa Carlson as bus driver and Bill Sipes as bus driver.
The board approved the resignation of Adam Rapp as middle school football coach.
The board approved the selection of the Chronicle Times as the official newspaper for the district.