election is Tuesday
There will be an election next Tuesday, May 19 for a $150,000 override
levy for School District #242.
Polls will be open from noon until 8 p.m. Polling places are the Greencreek
Community Hall, Elementary School cafeteria, Keuterville Parish Hall and
Ferdinand Parish Hall.
There was one Trustee position up for election, zone 5 which covers
the Ferdinand area. Pat Alfrey was the only one who filed for the position
and will be declared elected at next Monday’s school board meeting. She
will replace Kellie Bruner on the school board in July.
1. Some citizens are asking what this levy will cost me?
At this time the levy will cost $1.12 per $1000.00 of valuation. If
a person owns a house of $100,000.00 on would see an increase of $112.00
per year. This year the factor was $1.64 and $1.73 at year. This factor
is generated each year based on our district’s valuation and what we are
asking. Thus, the number is lower than previous years.
2. Importance and philosophy of levy.
We are on a “grow down” process to where we become fiscally responsible
to our enrollments. As our enrollment decreases we must also decrease staff
and some luxuries that we’ve enjoyed. We have and will continue to strategically
reduce our budget, but as we do we cannot afford to cut to swiftly or too
drastically as to provide appropriate programs for our students. A planned,
consistent “grow down” is best for students and the overall education community.
I am optimistic that the state will again become financially healthy to
where we may be able to grow back in an other direction.
On a personal note: I remember some time ago my father and I were in
our garage overhauling the motor of our truck when Paul Harvey came on
indicating that it now costs $200,000.00 to raise a child. I’m certain
he was including college expenses. With that my father looked over at me
and said, “ the only thing I owe you in the world is the very best possible
education, cause with that you can come and go and become what ever you
want. True to fact then and even more evident in today’s world.
3. Absentee ballots:
We have absentee ballots available at our Central Administration Office
located on Lewiston Street next to the Elementary School. Please bring
Please call my office if you need more information: 962-3971 or 962-7110
Gary Blaz, Cottonwood Superintendent
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