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19.39 percent levy increase approved for Perham-Dent

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19.39 percent levy increase approved for Perham-Dent
Perham Minnesota 222 2nd Avenue SE 56573

The Perham-Dent School Board gave final approval to a levy increase of 19.39 percent at a meeting last week, following a truth and taxation hearing that drew no comments from the two community members present.

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Business Manager Kristi Werner said the sharp increase is due to the Capital Projects Levy approved by voters in an April referendum.

The Capital Projects Levy collects an estimated $440,000 a year for projects related to technology and buildings and grounds improvements.

Although the funds from the Capital Projects Levy do not come in until the 2013-2014 school year, the board had previously approved spending down the district's general fund to begin improvements right away, namely the iPad initiative.

In other news at the school board meeting:

-The board heard a report from Superintendent Mitch Anderson about new ways to increase safety in schools, in light of the recent Connecticut school shooting. The safety team is looking into installing video cameras to monitor school entrances and two-way radios for staff to wear on the playground.

Board members Sue Heubsch and Myron Roe suggested the district look into setting up an early warning system, in which someone could push a button that would alert an entire school at once to any emergencies.

-The board approved the purchasing of the Aesop substitute management system for $8,000, with a monthly fee of $500. The system offers an online database for teachers to request time off, and for substitutes to accept positions.

-The board presented Arnie Thompson with a plaque for his 12 years of service on the Perham-Dent School Board. Superintendent Mitch Anderson said, "Arnie always put kids first," and he will be missed.

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