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September 21, 2019

8/26/2019 11:13:00 AM
Barneveld district voters approve tax levy, receive updates

Calling the 2019-2020 budget "conservative until final funds come in" Barneveld superintendent Brett Stousland gave the small crowd at the annual budget hearing some information before the final figures were presented Monday.
Stousland said open enrollment is up by 30 this year and the overall addition of full time students in the district is seven. He added that the board continues to keep class sizes low.
Board treasurer Rhonda Mullin started the financial part of the meeting by explaining the district received $5,772,579 in fund 10 revenues that past year, There is also $1,127,371 in fund balance that includes over $100,000 added last year and another $50,000 this year.
She went over the entire budget printed in the handout distributed at the meeting and when everything was explained and accounted for the balance remaining for the tax levy was $2,751,818. That is what the taxpayers in the district will be asked to come up with which will generate a mill rate of $11.48. The rate shows a slight reduction from last year's $11.98. The mill rate is based on an estimated equalized valuation of $239,521,237.
When final figures are received from the state sometime in September the mill rate will be certified by the board in October.
In other resolutions required to be presented at the annual meeting the voters:
-authorized student transportation and the purchase of school vehicles.
-set salaries of the board members at $50 pet regular and special meetings along with $45 for committee meetings.
-authorized school board members to be reimbursed for expenses when on district business with the exception of alcohol.
-authorized disposal of surplus property.
-authorized providing school lunches and morning milk.
-set fees, costs, and building use rental.
-set the 2020 annual meeting date for August 24 at 7 p.m.
Following the budget hearing Stousland, along with principal Erin Eslinger shared some information on professional development along with some plans for this school year. Eslinger discussed classroom goal setting practices and added that AP chemistry will be an additional offering this year.
Eslinger shared the district's tactical plan quarterly report and explained the objectives which are focused on having the school's "report card" reflect exceeds expectations or significantly exceeds expectations as goals.
Included in the report is the setting of daily learning targets by 100% of the staff and the increase of advanced placement credit.
Heidi Bosch will continue to support ACT prep and the district will accumulate data to drive instruction.
Along with the addition of AP chemistry the district will continue to explore an AP art portfolio, CAPP introduction to business and UW-Platteville's Introduction to Engineering.
Eslinger added that many staff members have taken time to attend professional development in areas of inclusive practices and social-emotional learning both on and offsite.
Stousland said a goal is to involve the community with the new school and the hope is to have resources for them as well.
"We have a low staff turnover which helps us invest in our students," he said. "We appreciate the hard work from both our professional and our support staff to make things work."
Stousland added the tactical plan helps the district achieve action items and by keeping records the plan can stay on course.

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