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School tax levy may rise 1.9 percent

At its September 17 meeting, the Alexandria School Board approved a preliminary gross certified property tax levy for 2013 that is a 1.93 percent increase from the gross certified tax levy for the current year.

The proposed levy of $11.216 million is approximately $212,000 more than the current levy of $11.004 million. The proposed levy is broken down as follows:

General fund - $3,747,580

Community Service Fund - $455,115

Debt Service Fund - $6,270,610

OPEB Debt Service - $743,066

The proposed levy represents the maximum amount the district may levy based on current educational funding laws. The board will approve the final levy for 2013 at its meeting on December 17. This may be less than but not greater than the proposed levy.


In other action at the regular District 206 School Board meeting on September 17, the board:

--Approved the following extended field trips: Jefferson High School robotics team to Chicago for the PACK Expo October 28-30; Garfield Elementary 5th and 6th grade students to Duluth, Ely and Hibbing to learn about Minnesota history September 25-28; Jefferson High School FFA to Indianapolis, Indiana for the National FFA Convention October 23-29 and to the University of Minnesota in St. Paul for the State FFA Convention April 28-29, 2013.

--Voted to accept a $2,000 donation from Target to the Lincoln Elementary School Literacy Team to fund an author visit.

--Listened to an architectural/construction team report for the new high school project and approved the issuance of the request for proposals for bid package 3.

--Listened to a presentation by Chad Duwenhoegger on the proposed program design for the new high school, which included information on the focus of small learning communities, flexible learning, technology, and integrating 9th grade into the high school setting.

--Approved the 2011-12 annual report, which will be available on the district website and mailed to all district residents October 1. Julie Critz, teaching and learning director, provided the board with an overview of the report, which includes district goals and test results.

--Listened to a presentation from Critz outlining the site improvement goals for each District 206 school for the 2012-13 school year, which include increasing reading and math proficiency at each school. The board approved the site improvement goals.

Tara Bitzan

Tara Bitzan is editor of the Echo Press. She joined the company in 1991 as a news reporter. A lifelong resident of Douglas County, Tara graduated from Brandon High School and earned a bachelor of arts degree in mass communications and English with a minor in Scandinavian Studies from Moorhead State University. She and her husband, Dennis, and their children live near Alexandria.

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