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Menahga School raises levy 10.55%

The Menahga School Board opted to approve an underlevy at their Dec. 20 truth-in-taxation meeting.

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Menahga School

The Menahga School Board opted to approve an underlevy at their Dec. 20 truth-in-taxation meeting.

The maximum payable 2022 levy, as determined by the Minnesota Department of Education’s state formula, was $1,703,509. That would have been a 14.42% or $214,676 increase over the payable 2021 levy of $1,488,832.

But Superintendent Kevin Wellen and Business Manager Kyle Bergem determined there was $57,659 in unequalized portions of the levy, meaning it could be cut and would not affect state aid to the school district.

The board agreed to decrease the maximum levy by $57,659, resulting in a 10.55% or $157,016 increase over last year. The final levy is $1,645,849.

Wellen noted that property values in northern Minnesota have jumped anywhere from 10 to 30%.

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In other business, the board did as follows:

  • Approved the FMLA request for Kayla Huttunen on or about March 14 to June 3, 2022.

  • Accepted letters of resignation from Mary Weaver, paraprofessional, effective Jan. 4; Corey Benjamin, custodian, effective Dec. 28; Richard Mattson, bus driver, effective Jan. 3; and Mary Winkelman, cook, effective Dec. 20.

  • Approved the internal transfer of Terry Kimball to head custodian.

  • Approved the amended pay schedule for event workers, effective Dec. 2.

  • Received notices of work assignment for Kayla Polasek, winter cheerleading coach step 1; Julie Fuller, van driver; Laurel Skoog, paraprofessional, beginning Jan. 4; and Lisa Dormanen, food service manager, to work up to 10 hours per week for up to 26 weeks.

The Menahga School Board will hold an organizational meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 4 in the media center. A special meeting is also slated for 5:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 31.

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