By Sara Tischauser
On Oct. 23 the Seymour Community School District met and discussed the 2019 budget and discussed other upcoming contracts.
Pete Kempen, SCSD director of business services, spoke at the board meeting about the upcoming budget. Kempen said that the property value in the school district increased which Kempen said gives the board the opportunity to pay off some of the debt.
Kempen said with the increased property values the tax levy could go down, but the school could increase the debt payoff in fund 39 and increase the amount in fund 80 (which is the community’s portion of paying for the fitness center and pool when school isn’t in session) and this would keep the levy stable throughout the next years.
A motion was made, seconded and approved to “establish the 2018-2019 general fund operational levy of $6,011,182; debt service fund levy of $1,500,000; and community service fund levy of $89,000 for a total tax levy of $7,600,182.” With the approved budget the tax levy rate will be 0.00969.
In other business
School board recognition: Laurie Asher, SCSD superintendent, recognized school board members Greg Leisgang and Kurt Peterson for receiving Level 1 recognition from the Wisconsin School Board Association (WSBA). Asher said that school board members need to continue their service and also continue their education. Both Leisgang and Peterson were recognized by WSBA for their continued service and education and received Level 1 recognition.
Band fundraiser: Barbara Petzold, Seymour band council president, was present at the meeting to ask the board for approval of the band fundraiser that would raise funds for the band trip. This year, Petzold said the band wanted to sell Unique brand car air fresheners. The board approved the fundraiser that will begin Nov. 5 and end Nov. 19 and will be for the Seymour High School, Black Creek eighth grade and Seymour Middle School.
Black Creek Fall Festival and Glow Run: Jason Wesenberg, Black Creek School principal, asked the board to approve the fall festival and glow run fundraiser for the Black Creek Elementary and Middle School. This will be the third annual glow run and the first year for the fall festival. The event will be Nov. 8. Wesenberg said the fall festival will begin at 5:30 p.m. and include a cookout of brats and hamburgers and fall themed carnival games. The glow run will begin at 6:30 p.m. Funds from the event will support student and staff educational needs. Wesenberg said this year they moved the run to later in the year, so that it will be dark sooner and maybe more families will be able to come to the earlier event. The board approved the Black Creek Fall Festival and Glow Run for Nov. 8.
Snow removal contract: The board approved the bid from Helser Brothers Farm LLC for the schools’ snow plowing for this school year.
Rooftop insulation contract: The board approved the bid from CSMI for HVAC piping and ductwork insulation work.
Floor scrubber: The board approved the bid from Belson Company for a new pool scrubber with nanoclean scrubbing technology. The scrubber will not use chemicals to clean the pool.