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Armstrong-Ringsted School Board reviews PPEL special election results

By Staff | Feb 28, 2014

The Armstrong-Ringsted Board of Education reviewed results of the North Union physical plant and equipment levy special election and discussed other issues when it met Monday night.

Superintendent Matt Berninghaus noted a 6.12 percent voter turnout in which the PPEL increase from to $1.34 per $1,000 valuation passed 60-40 while the revenue purpose statement fared a little better, 70-30.

Berninghaus then posited the question as to whether the board got the word out about the election, given the low voter turnout.

He said the board had discussed the upcoming election at five board meetings, held a public hearing at the November North Union Board meeting, published public notices about the upcoming election, sent notices and done multiple radio interviews.

“In my opinion, we did due diligence,” said Berninghaus.

Berninghaus also reviewed expenses for the J-term budget in which $5,000 was allocated with $3,700 spent. During J-term, students chose from a variety of courses plus “mini” courses.

“It’s something we sho3uld continue to do in the future,” said Berninghaus.

Board president George Walker noted a recent meeting of the Emmet County Board of Assessment he had attended as the district’s representative. He said the county is having an independent firm do a countywide assessment.

“I think they made a right choice as far as a way to go about making it fair for everyone,” Walker said.

The board heard and approved the audit report from Ebony Rahe of Williams & Company.

The board also approved contracts and resignations and first reading of Policy 802.4, the Fixed Assets Management System.