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School Board Passes Referendum Resolution - from The Messenger

June 9, 2020

Fort Dodge voters will have the opportunity to give their two cents on a new revenue purpose statement for the use of the state penny revenue the Fort Dodge Community School District receives.

On Monday night, the FDCSD Board of Education passed a resolution to put a public referendum to amend the district's SAVE revenue purpose statement and extend the voter-approved physical plant and equipment levy to a special election on Sept. 8.

The state's SAVE revenue fund, also called the state penny, requires a public referendum to amend the district's revenue purpose statement.

Included in the special election will also be a ballot measure to extend the already-existing voter-approved physical plant and equipment levy for an additional 10 years, through 2035.

The school board has discussed these issues over the past two school board meetings, and the district has not received any comments or concerns from the public.

"We have not received any comments internally or externally here in the Central Office regarding the matter," Superintendent Jesse Ulrich said.

During the school board meeting, the board mourned the loss of member Steve Springer, who died May 31 at the age of 59 from esophageal cancer. Springer had served on the school board since 2013.

Pursuant to Iowa law, the school board has 30 days to appoint a replacement for a vacated board seat.

"I will plan on having this as a board action for the agenda for June 22," Ulrich said.

Last week, the Iowa Department of Education announced an eligibility waiver for high school athletes to be allowed to play for other schools if their school chooses to not offer baseball or softball this summer due to COVID-19. Locally, the Eagle Grove and Belmond-Klemme school districts voted to cancel their summer sports seasons.

"In the past, the Fort Dodge Community School District has had sports-sharing agreements with other schools when it was mutually beneficial," usually due to low turnouts, Ulrich said.

Because the Fort Dodge Senior High baseball and softball programs already have "very strong participation at all levels," Ulrich told the school board he will not recommend that the district enters into any sharing agreements with other districts for these sports.

In other business, the school board approved a request for $30,467.80 to contract with Becky Hacker-Kluver for leadership coaching for the 2020-2021 school year. This is an annual contract the district holds with Hacker-Kluver, Ulrich said.

"What she does is she provides coaching for our teacher-leaders and our administrative team," he explained. "It's very valuable and we recommend you continue these services."

The school board also approved a $48,387.25 change order to the New Central Office and Maintenance Facility Project at 109 N. 25th St.

According to Ryan Utley, FDCSD director of buildings and grounds, when the contractors began tearing out some of the existing storefront, they discovered that the existing windows that the district was originally planning to keep did not have a sill pan, which helps shed moisture away from the windows.

"These new windows will be consistent with the rest of the windows already being placed," Utley explained. "They'll be more energy efficient and provide a little bit more privacy with the reflective glaze that we're doing."

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