Devils Lake Journal - Devils Lake, ND
  • School board selects president, reviews budget

  • It was a busy night for the Devils Lake School Board members on Monday as they held their annual meeting to discuss budgets and the district's financial report.


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  • It was a busy night for the Devils Lake School Board members on Monday as they held their annual meeting to discuss budgets and the district's financial report.
    First on the agenda, however, was the official swearing in of members Paul Goulding and LeeAnn Johnston, who were recently re-elected to their seats. The board then held an election of officers, naming Kory Boehmer as president and Steve Halldorson as vice.
    Goulding said he thought Halldorson did a great job as president, but rotating the officers would be better for the board.
    “I would second that,” said Johnston. “For the same reasons.”
    Boehmer's first official act as president was to administer the oath of office to new Business Manager Kathy Ellison, who took over the position when Scott Privratsky was named superintendent.
    The board members then discussed what committees they would like to take part in for the upcoming school year.
    LeeAnn Johnston said she would have an interest in Collaborative Bargaining, the committee which negotiates salaries. Veronica Nicla, who served on the committee last year, will also return.
    The other committee appointments stayed the same as last year, with the exception of the Finance Committee, which now includes Halldorson and Goulding.
    The board also made a formal motion to authorize Boehmer and Ellison to make deposits and withdrawals from the three financial institutions utilized by the district.
    The board then reviewed the preliminary budgets for the upcoming school year and briefly discussed the 18-page district financial report.
    The General Fund budget is set at $19,361,324.68, with the other budgets as follows: Sinking & Interest Fund, $241,000; Food Service Fund, $952,500; Asbestos Fund, $1,500; Building Fund, $130,000; and Special Assessments Fund, $80,000. There is no money in the Special Reserve Fund.
    At 6 p.m., a public hearing was held to discuss the property tax levy information and provide citizens the opportunity to comment. There were no visitors that wished to speak on the matter.
    Privratsky noted that while the mills have stayed the same, the taxable valuation increased by from $24,321,505 in 2011 to $25,198,288 in 2012 and some taxpayers were unhappy with the increase.
    “I can understand,” Privratsky said. “Some people's land is inundated with water, but they're still paying taxes on it.”
    In other business, the board approved the pledge of assets from Western State Bank, Ramsey National Bank and Bremer Bank, approved a consolidated grant application for Title I and Title II-A funds, and approved the Certificate of Levy for a total dollar amount of $3,622,500, which includes a 10 mill Building Fund Levy, a 3 mill Special Reserve Levy and the maximum amount allowed for the General Fund Levy, as well as the necessary amounts for the Sinking & Interest, Special Assessment and Asbestos Levies.
    A second story from the School Board meeting can be found on page one of today's Devils Lake Journal titled "Former JROTC instructors returning to DLHS."

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