Nevis School board certified maximum levy

Nevis School’s Truth-In-Taxation Hearing held Monday night began with a presentation of the payable 2022 levy and the fiscal year 2022 budget by superintendent Gregg Parks.

This graph shows the pieces that make up the general fund disbursements by program. Instruction costs make up the biggest piece of the pie at 46%. Contributed / Nevis School.

Nevis School’s truth-in-taxation hearing held Monday night began with a presentation of the payable 2022 levy and the fiscal year 2022 budget by Superintendent Gregg Parks.

The school board then certified the payable 2022 levy at the maximum levy limitation established by the state of Minnesota at $1,221,851, an increase of $56,336 from the payable 2021 levy.

The 2021-22 budget in all five funds has a total expense of $8,376,338 with revenues of $8,394,534. Revenues will exceed expenses by $18,196.

Historically, Parks said, the local tax levy peaked in 2001 with a levy of $1,389,204, with the lowest being $167,256 in the 2002 tax year.

“The future financial stability of Nevis Public School is dependent on the state of Minnesota for a large majority of our funding,” Parks said. “Nevis Public School needs to maintain or grow its student population to keep pace with increasing healthcare, transportation costs, and increasing salaries.”


In other business, the board:

  • Approved the World’s Best Workforce Report as presented by principal Brian Michaelson. The report showed that 40 of the 42 4-year-olds (95.2%) met the benchmarks for kindergarten readiness. The district’s graduation rate last year was 92.1%. The district is working toward 100% of students meeting the benchmarks for kindergarten readiness and graduation.

  • Approved the 2021 audit that was presented at last month’s board meeting.

  • Accepted resignations from early childhood assistant teacher McKenzie Harris, cook Jim Hamilton and educational assistant Sue Bloomquist.

  • Approved a trip for the boys basketball team to play in a holiday basketball tournament Dec. 29-30 in St. Cloud.

The next board meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 24 in the school media center and on Zoom. A listening session with one board member is open to the community and will be held in the school cafeteria from 6:15-6:45 p.m. the night of the meeting.

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Lorie Skarpness has lived in the Park Rapids area since 1997 and has been writing for the Park Rapids Enterprise since 2017. She enjoys writing features about the people and wildlife who call the north woods home.
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