School budget approved, tax rate drops 3.1 percent

by Dave Cary
Review Correspondent

Plymouth School District Voters Tuesday approved a total tax levy of $11,210,875.00 at the district’s annual meeting. At an annual meeting all School District residents may vote and those in attendance choose the chairman.

The budget was presented to the voters by District Business Manager Jon Miller, and calls for total revenues of $27,691,752 and expenses of $17,749,845 for a deficit of $58,093. Miller said the deficit was the result of revenues increasing by 2.5 percent while expenses rose by 3.5. Property taxes, he said, account for some 38 percent of the total revenues.

The overall result, Miller added, was that the mill rate will drop slightly from last year’s $8.65 per thousand of assessed valuation to $8.38. On a home valued at $100,000, this amounts to a tax reduction of $27.

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In personnel matters, the board accepted a resignation request from Fairview Elementary kindergarten teacher Kevin Jahnke effective at the end of the 2015-16 school year. Jahnke has been with the district for five years.

The board also approved the following contracts:

• A 100 percent contract for Karl Bitter to teach alternative education at PHS beginning with the 2016-17 school year. Bitter earned his Bachelors degree from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and taught in the Potosi school district for five years.

• A 100 percent contract for Natasha Thompson to serve as a crosscategorical teacher at Parkview Elementary beginning with the 2016-17 school year. Thompson earned her Bachelors degree from UW-Madison. This will be her first year as a teacher.

• A 100 percent contract for Breanna McDonald to serve as a crosscategorical teacher at Fairview Elementary beginning with the 2012017- 17 school year. McDonald earned her Bachelors degree from Cardinal Stritch University. This will be her first year of teaching.

• A 100 percent contract for Lisa Gajewski to serve as Occupational Therapist for the district beginning with the 2012017-17 school year. Gajewski earned her Bachelors and Masters degrees from the UW-Madison and has 13 years experience in the field.

• A 50 percent contract for Shaina Kretchmer to teach phy ed at Fairview Elementary beginning with the 2012017-17 school year. Kretchmer earned her Bachelors Degree from UW-Platteville and this will be her first year of teaching.

• A 100 percent contract for Sarah Parsons to teach kindergarten at Fairview Elementary beginning with the 2012017-17 school year. Parsons earned her Bachelors degree from UW-Madison and has two years’ teaching experience in the Milwaukee school system.

The board also learned of the following support staff developments:

• Cheryl Schicker has resigned as a special education aide at Parkview Elementary. She has been with the district 15 years.

• Cheryl Lensmire will resign as Riverview Middle School ustodian as of next November 11. Shge has been with the district 37 years.

• Amanda Launer has been hired as a special education aide at Horizon Elementary School.

• Melissa Konrad has been hired as a special education aide at Fairview Elementary School.

• Shawna Halle has been hired as a special education aide at Fairview Elementary School.

• Stacie Keller has been hired as a special education aide at Parkview ElementarySchool.

• Laura McKinster has been hired as a special education aide at Parkview Elementary School.

• Chloe Pufahl has been hired as a special education aide at Riverview Middle School.

• Janice Stark has been hired as a special education aide at Riverview Middle School.

• Kate VonDerVellen has been hired as a special education aide at Parkview Elementary School.

• Jolene Zirtzlaff has been hired as a special education aide at Fairview Elementary School.

• Darlene Schroeder has been hired as a server/cook at Riverview Middle School.

• Jeanne Martin has been hired as a special education aide at Horizon Elementary School.

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The board approved two put-of-state travel requests and accepted two gifts.

The first travel request was from World Language Teacher Rommy Herrera to teavel with students to Costa Rica from March 23 to April 1, 2017, for the World Language Immersion Trip.

The second was from PHS Agscience teacher Tracy Heinbuch to travel with students to Indianapolis, Ind., Oct. 18-22 for the National FFA Convention.

Both trips meet Board Policy Guidelines; expenses in both cases are the responsibility of the students and/or their families.

The board accepted a donation of $2,730.00 from Kohl’s Cares Grant to be used for student field trips. Also accepted was a donation of $719.55 from Fairview PTO for student transportation.


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