Upsala School levy decreased

by Jennie Zeitler, Staff Writer


The Upsala School Board approved its 2013 — payable in 2014 — preliminary levy Wednesday.

“The good news is, the levy is going down,” said Supt. Gery Arndt.

The preliminary levy was approved at $856,300.58. That is a proposed reduction of .92 percent, or $7,956.67, from the current levy.

“We always do the maximum, but that could be reduced in the final levy,” Arndt said.

“It’s good news for Upsala residents,” said Board Member Randy Pepin. “The reduction is because of a combination of support from Upsala School District residents and families, the Board’s and administration’s fiscal accountability and local land value stabilization.”

“It isn’t like having people dancing in the streets, but it isn’t an increase,” said Board Chair Dean Peterson. “Contrary to what people think, we really do watch that stuff. We like these nice surprises when things actually go down.”

Upsala School Board Briefs

Other business that came before the Upsala School Board Wednesday included:

• Approving worker’s compensation coverage by Nelson Insurance at $11,370. Board Member Karin Nelson abstained;

• Approving combined fleet and liability/property coverage from Johnson Insurance Agency at $34,256, plus an additional $2,769 for umbrella coverage of $2 million. The fleet portion of the coverage is $8,136. Nelson abstained;

• Approving the hiring of Elizabeth Vandergon and Melissa Cramlet as “at-will” paraprofessionals;

• Approving donations of $100 from Richard and Marie Nelson for the band; $200 from the Upsala Upstage Players for the band; $250 from anonymous for elementary supplies; $2,500 from the Upsala Lions for Dollars for Scholars; $3,500 from the Upsala Lions for the Spanish trip and staff gifts of appreciation from the Grey Eagle Credit Union;

• Tabling Dean of Students Vern Capelle’s annual report of curriculum and achievement pending the compilation of statistics;

• Approving part-time music instructor Tara Prout’s participation in the Teacher Retirement Association program for part-time teachers, with the understanding that any contributions for unearned salary will be made by Prout;

• Approving fourth-grade teacher Mindy Klosowski as a volunteer junior high boys basketball coach; and

• Approving Title I and special education teacher Amber Kalthoff as a volunteer junior high girls basketball coach.

The next Upsala School Board meeting will be Wednesday, Oct. 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the high school media center.