Proposed county budget reduces tax levy

by Dave Cary
Review Correspondent

The Global Navigator Scholarships program, offered by the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) took center stage at Tuesday’s meeting of the Plymouth School Board.

This organization, founded in 1947 and in existence about as long as the American Field Service (AFS), offers a variety of three- and four-week educational programs in numerous countries.

In the four-week Language and Culture programs, students can earn four transferable college credits, a certificate of 45 hours of international community service for the three-week Service and Leadership program and a global project description, which is said to be a good resume item.

Seven PHS students who completed study courses in the program — all girls — shared their views of the program.

All were very enthusiastic about it; some said it had been a ‘life-changing’ experience.

One said she had found that every stereotype she had heard about Mexico to be wrong and added that her interest in the Spanish language had been given an immense boost.

Another said she wanted to study the language so she could go back to the country she had gone to in order to teach English there.

The countries they visited included not only Mexico but Spain, Germany, Botswana and the Dominican Republic as well.

High School Principal Jennifer Rauscher and Spanish teacher Laura Koebel said the school had been awarded some $22,000 for similar scholarships.

This money goes to help student expenses but does not cover everything. Students who are interested must apply.

Koebel said she has been impressed by the girl’s enthusiasm, adding that they were really ‘selling’ the program.

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In financial matters, the board authorized obtaining a promissory note for $2 million in short-term borrowing. This is a fairly routine matter for school districts to help get through a short-cash pinch near the end of the year which usually lasts until the first-half tax receipts come in. The note and a line of credit will be provided by Bank First National.

The board certified levies of $1,282,025 for referendum-approved debt service, $164,120 for non-referendum approved debt service and $185,000 to support Community Education operations.

The operating levy will be determined after the Department of Public Instruction releases final information on the school district revenue limit, voucher student counts and allowed one-time limit exemptions as a result of pastdeadline open enrollment.

Variations from the budget presented last month were presented by Business Manager Jon Miller, who said there was little change.

In another financial matter, the board awarded the upcoming year’s snowplowing bid to C&C Construction of Sheboygan Falls, who had the contract last year.

Miller said there had been two bidders and the bids were close in many ways, but C&C had been building a good understanding with the district.

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The board accepted a donation of $6,206 towards the Mike Slagle Aquatic Center at PHS; the donation came from a group of several people.

Also accepted was a donation of $1,991.73 from the Parkview PTK for fall fieldtrip transportation and supplies.

In personnel matters, Elyse Bucholz and Lois Stranz have has been hired as special education aides at Horizon Elementary School.

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