Cottonwood school superintendent Stan Kress and clerk/treasurer Denise Uhlenkott found out at a state budget meeting last Wednesday that the district would be receiving additional funds from the state that they weren’t aware of.
Due to this, Kress has recommended to the school board that they drop the requested levy override to $198,000. This is $35,000 less than what they had approved at last week’s board meeting.
The additional funds were from the ag equipment replacement in the amount of $25,000 and the rest in textbook funds earmarked directly to classrooms.
Kress informed the board they were told not to expect anything from the ag equipment funds as it was thought they would lose them when the M & O property tax levy was removed and replaced with sales tax funds. He informed them that they will eventually lose this as it is on a 5-year phaseout.
Kress said that the textbook monies, as well as the classroom supplies monies reported earlier, will probably be there as long as Tom Luna is State Superintendent of Schools.
The board voted to amend the resolution passed at the board meeting last week, changing the amount of the override request to $198,000.
On another note the board wanted the Chronicle and its readers to know that the reason John Nida resigned from the board was because he has moved out of his trustee zone.
Also the positions of Della Gehring and Gus Hoene are the ones up for election this year. The Chronicle reporter had one of the positions wrong in last week’s article.