Nevis School Board sets preliminary levy

The Nevis School Board set its preliminary tax levy at the maximum allowed at their Sept. 26 meeting.

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This year’s preliminary levy of $1,271,548 is a 4.07 % increase from last year’s preliminary levy of $1,221,851.

“I recommend approving the Preliminary levy at the Maximum rate to allow for any adjustments prior to the December final certification,” Superintendent Gregg Parks said.

Parks said the increase is mostly due to having more students in the district this year.

In other business the board:

  • Set the truth-in-taxation hearing for 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 19 at the regular school board meeting in the media center and on Zoom.
  • Heard about the MCA III test results by Principal Brian Michaelson and teacher Jodi Sandmeyer.
  • Heard the tentative date for installing the new digital scoreboards in Tiger Arena is Nov. 14.
  • Approved a teaching contract with Megan Henry as a speech language pathologist for the 2022-23 school year now that she has earned her Tier 2 teaching license.
  • Approved Parks’ intent to retire from the Teachers Retirement Association (TRA) in Sept. 2021. Legislation passed in May 2022 makes him eligible to retire from TRA and continue to draw his full salary from the school district. This move would provide cost savings to the district by not paying 8.5% of his salary to TRA. The savings add up to approximately $12,000 annually for the district. Parks is eligible to return under a new contract, starting on Oct 1.
  • Heard staff and students will be practicing what to do in case the district receives a fake intruder alert as some districts did recently. 
  • Accepted donations totaling $4,305, including $2,500 from Camper’s Paradise and $1,000 from Arvig towards the new digital scoreboard and $500 from Catharine Paster to the volleyball program.
  • Heard the student council will be doing a community project and blood drive this fall.
  • Heard there will be no school Oct. 21-22 due to MEA.
  • Heard the district’s cash balance at the end of August was $2,496,473.

The next school board meeting will be held Monday, Oct. 24 in the Nevis School media center and on Zoom. A listening session with one board member present will be held in the cafeteria from 6:15-6:45 p.m. that evening.


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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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