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Crivitz School Holding Open Houses Aug. 30

Issue Date: August 29, 2018

Crivitz School District is holding Open Houses at both the elementary and high school on Thursday, August 30 from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. to meet the teachers, set up lockers and be ready for the start of school on Tuesday, Sept. 4.

Eighth grade students, freshmen or any other high school students who wish to purchase a lock may do so prior to school starting.  School offices are open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m."

Crivitz School Board had a busy evening on Tuesday, Aug. 28. It started with a half-hour annual budget hearing at 7:30 p.m. when the proposed budget for the 2018-2019 school year and numerous other financial reports and comparisons were presented in detail by Linda Tarmann, Business Administrative Assistant for Finance and accounting.

The hearing was followed by the 8 p.m. Annual District Meeting, at which the tax levy to support it was accepted as proposed, as were other annual meeting agenda items. Board salaries will remain at $1,500 each for the year. Attorney James Kalny, present as legal advisor for the board, advised the board to abstain from voting on board salaries and expense reimbursement, which left only a handful of school personnel to vote. No members of the general public were on hand. All annual meeting votes were unanimous.

Local property tax levy for the 2018-2019 school year was approved at a total of $6,828,668, which compares to a levy of $6,647,895 for last year. Tarmann pointed out this is tentative until actual student count and final state equalized values are known in October. Revenue limit for the district is $7,115,118. Estimated state aid for the year is $315,760, so the $6,828,668 is the maximum levy for the district. Superintendent Pat Mans noted in many districts the majority of funding comes from sources other than local property tax payers, but in Crivitz the reverse is true because property values are so high compared to the number of students in the district.

Tentative tax rate is 7.4849 mil, up slightly from last year's 7.441 mil, but down considerably from the 8.3653 mil levied for 2015. The district currently has no long-term debt, which helps keep the levy down. Tarman noted the district gets less than 30 percent of its funding from state and federal sources, while the majority comes from local property taxpayers, which is the reverse of many school districts.

Board members present for the meeting were Cory Sotka, Kris Heidewald, Lyle Cherry, Gary Huc, Amy Grandaw, and board Chair Mike Dama. Travis Mueller was absent. Dama was elected to chair the annual meeting, and he appointed Kalny as parliamentarian.

The annual meeting was followed by a brief special board meeting to accept the resignation of third grade teacher Linsey Moln and approve retired teachers Carrie Blum and Linda Johnston to replace her. They will each work half time, one from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and the other from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Before voting on the resignation, Gary Huc asked if there is a penalty clause in Moln's contract, and Mans replied, "there is, and we're collecting."

Huc felt that was not fair in view of waiver actions they have taken on other resignations.

Heidewald pointed out that Moln had given notice just seven days before the start of the new school year, "which is a hardship for us."

Sotka felt since Moln has accepted a position in Iron Mountain, that district will probably reimburse her for the penalty amount.

Mans asked for input from Elementary/Middle School Principal Kelly Robinson, who commented, "It definitely put us in a tough position and she knew it (the termination clause) was in the contract."

Robinson herself is new to the principal job, but not to the community. She is a Crivitz High School graduate and getting an administrative position in her home town had been one of her long term goals. She was appointed to the position in June to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of Jeff Walsh.

Dama too felt that Moln 's extremely short notice had put the district at a disadvantage. He said several excellent teachers had told him they would have applied for the Crivitz position had they known three or four weeks sooner that it would be available.

The board agreed to accept the resignation and the shared work agreements for now and have discussion on charging the penalty for Moln on the agenda for discussion and possible action at its next meeting.

Mans said Blum and Johnston had both been excellent full time teachers before they retired and said they were "absolutely great" about coming through to fill this vacancy. To questions from Huc, Mans said each will be paid exactly half what her pay had been when she retired, and that they have agreed to fill the position on the half time basis for one year.


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