5/23/2013 2:09:00 PM Board unable to finalize operating referendum while legislators in session
by JEFF NORTON
The Chisago Lakes School Board would have liked to have a plan of action in place regarding the potential operating referendum before teachers and staff leave for the summer. They may have to call a special meeting to do so.
There are a few potential hurdles at the legislative session that wasn’t scheduled to end until May 20, while the meeting took place on Thursday, May 16. Mainly, members were waiting to see what will happen with kindergarten and preschool funding and if there would be any last minute curveballs thrown their way. The board did approve a referendum for the fall, but that was more of a safety net than a set plan. There was language in the Omnibus Tax Bill (HF 677) that provided a property tax reduction proposal, but along with it came a provision that would prohibit school districts from asking voters to approve operating referenda this fall for fiscal year 2015.
However, an exception was in the works for districts if they approved a resolution that they are intending to go out for an operating levy this fall. Chisago Lakes was essentially just getting their foot in the door in case that measure passed. They can not offer a levy question if the legislature goes in a different direction.
• Debbie Zollinger gave a presentation for the Lakeside Parent/Teacher Organization and noted that they have raised over $72,000 over the past few years at Primary and Lakeside Schools through fundraisers and activities at the school.
• The board renewed the annual membership in the Minnesota State High School League. Activities Director Neil Fletcher said that the fee is based on the number of MSHSL sponsored sports the district has, and that it’s $90 per sport. Chisago Lakes will be moving from the North Suburban Conference to the Mississippi 8 Conference next year.