Journal Express, Knoxville, IA

September 10, 2013

School election today

Steve Woodhouse
Journal-Express

Marion County — The school board election will be held Tuesday, Sept. 10. On Knoxville's ballot is the decision of whether or not to renew the Physical Plant and Equipment Levy.

The Physical Plant and Equipment Levy is a 67-cent levy that has been approved by Knoxville's voters for more than 30 years.  The ballot asks voters to approve renewal of the 10-year levy. This is not a new tax.

The PPEL fund may only be used to purchase equipment, technology, repair or construct buildings, and/or to purchase transportation equipment.  The funds have enabled the district to maintain equipment and facilities without taking money away from educational programs.

In recent years, the district has used revenues from the levy to:

• Purchase school buses and other vehicles,

• Repair and replace roofs,

• Purchase technology for students and staff,

• Resurface Randy Wilson Track,

• Renovate the library at Northstar Elementary,

• Repair and replace parking lots and sidewalks,

• Purchase maintenance and grounds equipment, and

• Improve energy efficiency through window, light, and boiler replacement projects.

“These projects simply would not have been completed without revenues from the Physical Plant and Equipment Levy,” Knoxville Schools Superintendent Randy Flack said. 

As reported, there are no competitive races for school board for any of Marion County's districts. Candidates, poll sites and voting hours for each district are below.

Knoxville: Candidates Andrew Schmidt and Mike Moats. Knoxville School Administration Bldg, 309 W Main St, Knoxville, 7 a.m.-8 p.m.

Melcher-Dallas: Candidates Travis Hansaker and Shane Ripperger. Melcher Dallas Community Center, 112 N Main St, Melcher, 7 a.m.-8 p.m. 

Pella: Candidates Gregg Gustafson (at large), Michelle Van Maanen (District 1) and Joan Corbin (District 2). Pella Legion Hall   (All voters excluding Black Oak & Garfield Townships in Mahaska County and Summit Township in Marion County), 829 Broadway St, Pella, noon-8 p.m.  Leighton Christian Reformed Church  (All voters in Black Oak and Garfield Twps in Mahaska County) 415 Reid St, Leighton, noon-8 p.m. Otley Reformed Church  (All voters in Summit Township), 700 Johnston St, Otley, noon-8 p.m. 

Pleasantville: Candidates Ron Danks and Kenny Sutter.  Pleasantville Memorial Bldg, 101 N Jefferson St, Pleasantville, 7 a.m.-8 p.m. 

Twin Cedars: Candidates Brian Moore (at large) and Steve Gilkerson (District 3) Twin Cedars Elementary School Teacher’s Lounge, 2204 Hwy G71, Bussey, noon-8 p.m. 

Look for results of the election in the Sept. 13 Journal-Express.