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Anonymous donor pays off school lunch tabs

An anonymous donation of nearly seven thousand dollars was given to the Perham-Dent Public School district to pay off overdue lunch tabs for students on the free and reduced lunch program.

An anonymous donation of nearly seven thousand dollars was given to the Perham-Dent Public School district to pay off overdue lunch tabs for students on the free and reduced lunch program.

"This is the first time we've received this type of donation," Superintendent Mitch Anderson said. "In talking to the donor, it was triggered by the attention overdue lunch accounts has received not only in Minnesota, but throughout the country."

He added that letters have been written to inform families and will be sent out this week.

"It's certainly a kind gesture, and one that will be truly appreciated by many families in our district," Anderson said.

The donation was accepted at last week's Perham School board meeting. The 2018 tax levy was also approved during the meeting.

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Activities Director Erin Anderson also shared that the Robotics program received a $5,000 grant, and that coach John Bell hopes to step up the program with that and corporate sponsorships.

After the regular school board meeting, the truth in taxation hearing was held to certify the 2018 tax levy. With no public input, it was passed with little deliberation. According to Business Manager Kristi Werner, homeowners received a proposed property tax statement for 2018 in November letting them know the exact amount they would pay. The statements also listed the time and date of the hearing in case they had questions.

She said the levy decreased by 4.82 percent due to the voter-approved capital project levy ending in the 2017 tax year and that the amount to be certified to the county will be just over $5.7 million, which will be spread among the property owners in the district by the county auditor.

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