Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The Carroll Community School District will make its case tonight for using expected sales-tax money as collateral to borrow potentially millions of dollars for school building projects.

The meeting is set for 5:30 p.m. at the Carroll High School auditorium. A public vote on the issue is set for Dec. 4.

Superintendent Rob Cordes will field questions from residents at tonight’s meeting. A “yes” vote in December will mean that the school district can begin large building projects in the near future without raising the district’s property-tax levy.

The change to the so-called revenue purpose statement is important because school officials are planning school-building expansion because Fairview Elementary is running out of room for students, among other potential projects.

Under the proposal, the district will be able to borrow up to 75 percent of its expected $12 million earnings until the statewide tax expires in 2029. The district brings in about $1 million per year from the tax.

The change would allow the district so spend the money without holding a public vote for each project.

A second public informational meeting is set for Nov. 28 at 7 p.m. at the high school auditorium.

The school board approved several employee contract changes at its meeting Monday: Craig Rowedder was approved as an assistant wrestling coach; John Semprini resigned from his eighth-grade volleyball coaching position; Terri Claussen resigned from her teacher associate position; and Dr. John Carroll will be a volunteer for the speech program this year.

Megan Hedrington, who has her bachelor’s degree in secondary education and history from the University of Cincinnati, in Ohio, and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Augustana College in South Dakota, has accepted a special-education associate teacher position. She previously worked at Clarinda Academy in Clarinda for four years.

The board approved the American Cancer Society’s request to use the Carroll track, field and stadium facility for June 28 and 29 for its annual Relay for Life event.

The board also approved a $2,000 contract with Kuemper High School to rent 10 acres of farmland for the FFA to use.