Supt. Ness: Levy process explained

School districts set a preliminary levy in September. The preliminary levy will appear on a proposed tax statement sent out to taxpayers in November. The school district must conduct a hearing and set the final levy in December. The Fergus Falls School District’s hearing date is scheduled at 6 pm, December 11 in the Otter Community Room at Kennedy Secondary School. The levy that appears on property taxes are paid next spring and fall.

Because school districts need time to review the preliminary levy, they are allowed to set the preliminary levy at the “maximum.” This allows schools to adjust their levy for any errors that have been discovered in the state’s calculations. The final levy set in December must be a specific dollar amount. This year’s proposed levy of $6,421,177.29 is $250,583 less than last year. The primary reason for the decrease is from refunding bonds, which is similar to refinancing your home to get a lower interest rate.

Classroom Wish List
The Fergus Falls Public Schools would like to thank the 544 Education Foundation, along with their donors, for their work on this year’s classroom wish list. Each fall, the 544 Education Foundation advertises a classroom wish list gathered from teachers. The public is invited to fund all or part of each wish.

This year, 67 items were funded. Some examples of items funded include: sensory observation set, Excellerations linking manipulatives, race and roll ramps, stability balls, programmable robots, Scoop rockers, Bilibo rocking chairs, Kindle Fires, classroom laminating machine and pouches, wobble stools, Lego simple machines set, “The Boxcar Children” series chapter book set, “I Have, Who Has” Math Games, Chinese Checker Boards, Scrabble games, puzzles, watercolor paint sets, Magformers designer magnetic construction set, Dwyer wind meters, “Who Was….” Collection for AR library, scientific calculators, Rachael Ray cookware, and Shark professional iron.

With the Adopt-A-Class program, businesses in the community adopt a classroom – preschool to 6th grade – for $100. The classroom teacher and students form a partnership with their assigned business and together they learn about each other. The School District so appreciates the 65 businesses that said yes when contacted. The more children are a part of their community, the stronger their educational experience will be.

A special thanks to the following Adopt-A-Class businesses: 20/20​ Optical​, 715 ​Hot​ ​Heads, Affinity​ ​Plus​ ​Federal ​Credit​​ ​Union, American​ Federal​​​Bank, American​ ​National​ ​Bank​, Ameriprise​ Financial​, Applebee’s, Bank​ of​ ​the​ ​West,Bell​ ​Bank, Big ​Chief​, Bimbo​ ​Bakeries, Bremer ​Bank, Cooper’s ​​Office ​Supply​, Country​ ​Inn ​&​ Suites/Bigwood​ ​Event ​Center​, Cullen’s ​Home​ Center/Fergus​ ​Home ​&​ ​Hardware, The​ Daily​ ​Journal, Dairy ​​Queen, Du-Ha, ​Inc., Fergus​ ​Falls​ ​Area ​College​ Foundation​, Fergus ​Falls​​ ​Friends​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Public ​Library​, Fergus​ Falls​ Noon​ Kiwanis​ ​Club, Fergus​ Falls​ Senior​ ​Citizens​ ​Program, Fergus ​Locker​, The​ ​Flower​ ​Mill, Gate​ ​City​ ​Bank, Green ​Plains​, Harmony ​​Studios, Hastings ​Law​, InVision​ (Dr.​​ ​Denise ​Hanson)​, InVision​ ​(Dr. ​​Tara ​Kempfer), Kaddatz ​Galleries, LB ​​Homes, Lake​ Country​ Graphics, Lake​ Region​ Healthcare​ ​​Corporation, Leighton​ ​Broadcasting ​(Lakes​ ​Radio). M-R ​Sign​ ​Co., The ​​Market, Mill ​Street​ Residence​, Minnesota​ ​Department​ ​of​ ​Natural​ Resources​, Minnesota ​Motor​ Co.​, Nelson Auto​ ​Center, Northern​ ​Aire​ Lanes​, Otter ​​Tail ​Power​ Co.​, Otter ​Tail​ ​Telcom, Ottertail Coaches​, Pioneer ​Pointe, Pizza​ ​Hut, Pizza ​​Ranch, Premier​ ​Meats ​​&​ Seafood​, Primp, RDO​ ​Equipment, Ringdahl ​Ambulance, Riverview ​Heights​, Security State​ Bank, Service​ Food​ ​Market, Subway, Taco​ ​John’s, Thiele ​Technologies​, Thrifty ​White​ Pharmacy, Vision Concepts​, West ​Central​​ Initiative​ and West​ ​Tool ​​&​ ​Design.