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12/17/2013 1:45:00 PM
Triton School Board Board approves 20% cut in levy

By Larry Dobson

Triton School Board members Monday night approved a 2014 levy of $1,822,251 to be charged the taxpayers of the district, a figure that is $463,114 less than in 2013, a difference of 20.26%. Property taxes include levies from the county and either a city or a township in addition to the school levy, so what effect this will have on individual property taxes will vary.

Dodge Center City Administrator Lee Mattson addressed the board with a request that the board express either support or opposition to a city request for the district to help fund the local share required for a MNDOT Transportation Alternative Grant (TAG) to install sidewalks along County H and other walkways students use to walk to and from the school. At this time, Mattson said he is estimating costs at $250,000 to $300,000, of which the local share would be 20% plus engineering expenses. He did not require a commitment from the board but just to know if members were interested enough to make it sensible for the city to develop a more definite plan and draft a grant application. He said there is no guarantee the grant will be approved. After discussing the dangers to students along County H and where the district might find available funds, a motion of support for proceeding with the grant application was passed.

In other business, the board approved:

• payment of bills totaling $522,609.48;

• Resignation/Retirement for Charles Hoffmann Effective January 15, 2014;

• Resignation/Retirement for Dianne Duffee Effective December 1, 2013;

• Contract for Debra Meeker as Business Manager;

• Contract for Dave Hagen as Building, Grounds and Transportation Supervisor;

• Contract for Don Henderson as Activities Director;

• Contract for Kristi Faber as Community Education Director;

• Contract for Jay Holmes as Technology Coordinator;

• Contract for Building Administrators' Agreement;

• Triton Education Minnesota contract for 2013-2015;

• Letter of Understanding with Education Minnesota Triton School employees;

• Student trip to Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center in January, 2015;

• Joint Powers Agreement to Provide Online Educational Services;

• Resolution to Restate Health Reimbursement Arrangement;

• Resolution for Adoption of Retiree Only Health Reimbursement Arrangement;

• Resolution for Adoption of Limited Purpose Health Reimbursement Arrangement;

• Special board meeting on Friday, Dec. 27 at 4:30 p.m.

After giving his report at the end of the meeting, Superintendent Robert Kelly said goodbye to the board after 13 and a half years. This was his last meeting with the board as superintendent.

Next regular school board meeting will be held January 13, 2014 in the Triton High School Media Center.

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