Tuesday Afternoon News, April 9
School Foundation Banquet Postponed Due To Ice Warning
(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Community School Foundation Banquet that was scheduled for this evening at the Le Mars Convention Center has been postponed due to the pending ice storm warning. A future date has not been scheduled.
School Board Approves Budget
(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Community Board of Education approved the school's proposed budget for the upcoming school year during last evening's school board meeting. School superintendent Dr. Todd Wendt admits to a deficit between revenue and expenses.
Although the proposed budget does currently show expenses will be more than revenues, Dr. Wendt says he calculated the budget using a zero percent allowable growth figures. The state legislature is currently negotiating an educational finance bill now in a conference committee that will determine how much state money will be allocated to school districts. The State Senate has approved a measure of four percent allowable growth while the House has passed a rate consisting of two percent growth. Wendt says at what ever figure is finally agreed upon in the state general assembly, it should be enough to offset the local predicted deficit.
Supervisors Approves 23 L.O.S.T. Funding Requests
(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Board of Supervisors approved the funding of 23 requests as recommended by the Local Option Sales Tax advisory Board. A total of 43 applications were received. The amount of money allocated for the next fiscal year will amount to $200,000 of the $466,833 requested. Those entities and organizations to receive funding include the Plymouth County Sheriff's Department, the Le Mars, Oyens, and Merrill Fire Departments, the Council on Sexual Abuse and Domestic Violence, Plymouth County Historical Museum, Plains Area Mental Health, and Plymouth County Emergency Medical Services, Perry Board of Trustees, Siouxland Paramedics, City of Remsen, Akron Park and Recreation Board, Plymouth County Senior Helpmates, Gehlen Catholic Schools, City of Merrill, Plymouth County 4-H and Agricultural Society (fairboard), Friends of the Le Mars Public Library, Remsen St. Mary's High School, Le Mars YMCA, Floyd Valley Hospital, Remsen Heritage Museum, and the Oyens Veterans Memorial.