|11/3/2020 10:14:00 AM|
certifies levy, approves short term loan
The Iowa-Grant School Board certified the district's tax levy and also voted to take out a short term loan at their meeting Monday night.
The levy certified which is levied against the property in the district is $3,058,410 which will be used to operate the district over the present year. Included in the amount are general operating funds, special education funds, food service funds and non-referendum payments.
The board also voted to exercise short term borrowing to carry them until aid funding is received. The amount the board authorized was $900,000.
District Administrator Stephanie Hubbard told the board that interest rates are presently good and are coming at less than 1%.
The board held a lengthy discussion about involvement in sports and extra curricular activities by district residents, students who are enrolled in virtual academics. Hubbard told the board that the WIAA's stance is the students are not eligible to participate in athletics at the high school level or at the middle school level if the middle school is a WIAA member. Hubbard noted the district is not a WIAA member for middle school athletics.
The board discussed options for students in virtual academics and also discussed allowing them to take up to two classes at Iowa-Grant as options. But before making a decision the board voted to table the matter until the November meeting to get public opinion and legal advice.
Hubbard also updated the board on the effects COVID-19 has had on the district. She said since school started there have been two staff members, two high school students and one middle school student who have tested positive for COVID and have been in quarantine. She added that several have missed work and classes due to COVID related issues.
"We have been fortunate to have been able to keep our doors open," Hubbard said. "It has not been easy and we have been very tight when it comes to substitutes and staffing but we have found a way. "I feel we have been doing very good here."
"Grant and Iowa County Health Departments are very concerned with the skyrocketing number of COVID cases," Hubbard said.
She then asked the board to consider what to do about winter sports.
"The health departments would rather we do not offer them," Hubbard said. "But I don't see area districts following that. I think we need to consider how to offer them when it comes to fan participation. I know we all want to watch our kids compete but that might not happen. Ideas of 25% attendance or no attendance and all virtual when it comes to watching an event are being floated."
Hubbard asked the board to talk to stakeholders and determine what each member thinks.
"We don't want our athletics to be in jeopardy with COVID," she said.
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