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A penny saved …A-R OK’s statewide 1-cent resolution

By Staff | Jan 26, 2008

The Armstrong-Ringsted Community School District Thursday night approved a resolution that would create a statewide 1-cent sales tax to support education. The tax would replace county School Infrastructure Local Option taxes and distribute funds equally throughout the state.

Smaller school districts, particularly those with less sales tax revenue, have decried the fact that they receive a smaller amount from the tax than larger districts with more revenues. Change to a statewide 1-cent tax would bring another $80,000 yearly to the district.

In other business Thursday night, the board approved a revised version of the district anti-bullying policy to accommodate changes in state law.

The board also approved changes in the civility policy which outlines the process by which individuals may be removed from school property.

Superintendent Randy Collins said the civility policy previously had given school boards the right to remove an individual. The revised policy allows the superintendent or the superintendent’s designee to remove a person. The civility policy is mandated by Iowa Code.

The board also discussed the fiduciary responsibilities of board members.

The board also learned about the Information Technology program under direction of Steve Waldstein. The district is working on a partnership for the program with Iowa Lakes Community College.