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July 19, 2013

PPEL extension to be on ballot

The Knoxville School District is seeking to extend its Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL), and the question will be decide by voters during the Sept. 10 school election.

Placing the measure on the ballot was approved at the July 10 regular meeting. This would not be a tax increase, but an extension of a property tax already being paid at a level of 67 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation of taxable property. The first year of the renewal would be Fiscal Year 2015-16, and would continue for 10 years.

“We always try to get this approved a year ahead,” Superintendent Randy Flack said. In the past, the levy has been used to replace roofs, purchase buses and fix parking lots. Several uses for the money collected through the levy will be included in the question as it will appear on the ballot.

In addition to the PPEL, Knoxville School District voters will decide two seats on the board, currently held by Stephanie Vickroy and Mark Mahoney. Neither has made their intentions known to the Journal-Express. The filing period for the school board election continues through Aug. 1. Candidate materials are available from the school district secretary. Look for more on the PPEL and school board election in the coming weeks.

Other school board notes:

• Accepted the resignations of Linda Cowman, middle school associate; Marilyn DeZwarte, food service retiree; Amy Lee, high school secretary.

• Approved contracts for Bill Ehrlichman, high school math and assistant eighth grade boys’ basketball coach; Greg Higginbotham, boys’ varsity tennis coach and assistant varsity boys’ basketball coach.

• Approved a work agreement for Erin Lewin, one-on-one associate at Northstar.

• Reviewed a proposed debt management policy from the Iowa Association of School Boards. Business Manager Craig Mobley suggested accepting the policy, to cover all debt the district carries, in its entirety from the IASB. The board is expected to vote on the policy at its Aug. 12 meeting.

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