At tonight’s Pella Community School District Board of Education meeting, the school board will consider setting a public hearing date on a proposal to sell roughly $8.2 million in School Infrastructure Sales, Service, and Use Tax Revenue Refunding Bonds.
That’s a fancy way of saying the school district will be setting the date to receive public input on selling $8.2 million in bonds that will be used to fund construction and facility maintenance projects, which will then be paid back through the state’s one-cent SAVE sales tax. The Secure an Advanced Vision for Education tax replaced all of the various local option one-cent sales taxes in 2008.
SAVE funds may only be used for “school infrastructure purposes.” These include purchasing land to build district facilities, making improvements to those sites, as well as the following work performed on existing schoolhouses, stadiums, gyms, field houses, and bus garages:
- demolition work,
- purchasing, or
The Iowa Department of Education provides information about SAVE at its website. Click HERE to learn more.
The board will also receive reports from all of the educational leaders within the district. The monthly reports include overviews of curriculum development and supports for at-risk students. Click each report name to read the full document:
- Director of Instruction
- High School and Career Academy Pella
- Middle School
- Jefferson Intermediate
- Lincoln and Madison Elementaries
The school board will also consider:
- Final review of COVID-related changes to the planned NASA Settlement Design Competition, which will be held virtually this year; the matter was tabled from the Sept. 28, 2020, meeting.
- Approval of a foreign exchange student from Germany for the 2021-22 school year.
- Review of the 500-series of the board’s policy manual.
- Legislative advocacy on behalf of the Iowa Association of School Boards’ upcoming “Day on the Hill” event.
- Work on the school district’s mission and vision statements.
- Review of the Board and Superintendent goals for the 2020-21 school year.
The meeting will conclude with a closed session to complete the written section of the annual review of Superintendent Greg Ebeling’s performance. The board will hold a work session Feb. 8 and the next monthly regular will meeting held Feb. 22.
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