Atlantic School Board passes PPEL vote resolution


June 15th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Community School District’s Board of Education, Tuesday evening, passed a resolution that will put on the November ballot, a measure calling for the renewal of the district’s Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL). Business Manager/Board Secretary Mary Beth Fast explained passage of the PPEL would renew the 85-cent per thousand dollar valuation for another 10-years, beginning January 1st, 2013. She says that is unchanged from the previous time the PPEL was voted-in.

Board President Phil Hascall said the board had previously discussed keeping the levy at 85-cents per thousand. The maximum allowable levy is $1.34 per thousand.

The Board, Tuesday, also approved student fees for the 2011-2012 school year. Superintendent Mike Amstein said that includes combining some fees, and eliminating the participation fee, which is not allowed by Iowa Code. He says the Technology Fee was increased from 5-to 7-dollars, and the activities fee was increased for the activity ticket.

The activities fee went up $5, from 30- to 35-dollars, and the school lunch fees increased across the board by five-cents. In other business, the Atlantic School Board approved contracts and letters of Assignment, including Derek Bair, as Industrial Technology Instructor, and Melanie Rassmussen, as kindergarten teacher. The district is still looking to fill four teaching positions, included among them are a Middle School Math teacher, Keyboarding and English instructor positions. The district will continue to advertise for those positions until they are filled.