Information From Your Superintendent
It is election time here in the Stanford School District. The constituents in our community have a couple decisions to make which will greatly impact our school. The first is to decide the Building Reserve levy. This is not a new tax, the community has been paying this for several years. It is a fund to keep maintaining and upgrading the facilities. We are asking for a continuation of $40,000. per year for the next 5 years. It shows on the ballot as a $200,000. levy.
In my conversations with Kurt Myllymaki and Jimmy Dye, they estimate the trustees have invested close to a million dollars into the school’s facilities using the Building Reserve, Flex Funds, Year-end monies and several grants the past several years. This is a wise investment in our community. We will also have to set up a permissive levy to help pay for at least one and possibly two one-on-one aides for students. This will be determined later this spring. THANK YOU to this community for supporting the efforts of the trustees, administration, staff and students. The other choice the voters will decide is the next school board trustee. Jennifer Taylor has decided not to run again so she can pursue other interests. John Bracha and Kevin Keller have filed to run for this position. Thank you’s to Jennifer for her years of service and to John and Kevin for making the commitment to being part of the leadership of our school.
As mentioned in last month's newsletter, the trustees have been discussing the future of the pre-kindergarten program. I have been doing some legwork to get more information on how to get state funding for this program. I have found that the trustees will have to adopt Board policy that addresses the requirements for the program, rename the program, and then we have to meet some “qualifying exceptional circumstances” to receive ANB (Annual Number Belonging) funding for each student enrolled in the program. There are also different thresholds of hours requirements to determine how much funding we can receive for each student. It sounds complicated but we will work our way through this so we can make a decision in the best interest of the students.
Yours in education,
Mr. Tim Dolphay