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Board Highlights from Aug. 12

SCHOOL BOARD SETS LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES

The West Des Moines Community Schools Board of Education has approved its priorities for education legislation for the Iowa legislature’s 2014 session. The priorities are:

  1. Provide a minimum of 4% Supplemental State Aid for the 2014-2015 school year to encourage continuous improvement and to better reflect actual cost increases experienced by school districts;
  2. Maintain at least the current funding level to sustain quality voluntary preschool programming;
  3. Hold the district harmless with respect to lost commercial property tax revenues due to last year’s passage of Property Tax Reform;
  4. Provide adequate funding to deliver the required special education programming for students.

The district will provide these priorities to the Iowa Association of School Boards, which advocates for school boards across Iowa.

BOARD APPROVES CONTINUATION OF THE INSTRUCTIONAL SUPPORT LEVY

The School Board has approved continuing to participate in the Instruction Support Program. The program is a levy designed to provide school districts funds for instructional programing.

At its July 8, 2013 meeting, the Board began the process to renew and continue the levy for a five year period beginning on July 1, 2016. A public hearing was held on August 12, 2014, at which no objections to the levy were presented or filed.

The Instructional Support Program will generate $4,660,325 of revenue in the general fund for the 2013-14 school year.

Meeting agendas and full minutes are available on the district website
www.wdmcs.org/district/our-school-board/meetings

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