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P-D school board approves levy language for fall ballot

It's official. The Perham-Dent Board of Education Wednesday night formally approved the wording for three referendum questions that will be on the fall ballot regarding proposed changes in the school district's levy.

The three questions ask for additional dollars to be provided to the district to help provide for student education costs, pay for new books and technology upgrades and to allow additional building maintenance to be completed and allow the continuation of several school district programs.

The first question will ask voters to approve a $595 per pupil levy to protect class size in the kindergarten through eighth grade protect rigorous academics.

Contingent on the first question are two other questions. The second question asks for an additional $195 per pupil for an adequate number of textbooks and for upgrades in technology at the schools.

The third question asks for an additional $195 per pupil for building repairs and improvements and continuing programs and keeping them affordable for students.

The board approved the ballot questions after some discussion regarding minor wording changes in the ballot questions.

Fred Sailer, the district's Activities Director and ALC Buildings and Grounds Director said the district has approximately 204,000-square feet of roofs that they must maintain.

"At a cost of about $6 per square foot it will cost about $1.4 million to keep those roofs in good shape," aid Sailer.

Sailer the additional money requested in the levy question is needed to maintain the roofs in proper condition.

The new levy questions need approval because previous action approved by district voters is set to expire.

Uselman said a $595 per pupil levy will cost a homeowner in the school district with a home valued at $125,000 about $2.10 per week or $110 per year.

Updates from school

building principals

Middle school Principal Scott Bjerke told the board that "I think I have given more tours this summer to potential students and their parents than I have over the last two to three years."

Bjerke said additional tours are still being set up and he believed more new students will end up enrolling yet for the new school year.

Elementary School Principal Kary Yates said she wanted to celebrate the work of the school's summer cleaning crew.

"All of the class rooms have been ready for a couple of weeks and they did a great job working together as a team," said Yates.

High School Principal John Rutten reported to the board that the district received $225,620 for concurrent college credits due to students taking college levels classes at the school and then the district being reimbursed for those classes.

Rutten also said staff members are still working on adjustments to how third offenses to the student handbook will be handled.