Dayton meeting to address school funding

The Dayton School District is weighing support for an additional levy.

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DAYTON -- Residents in the Dayton School District will have the opportunity to ask questions about options for stabilizing revenue during the 2011-2012 school year during a board workshop tonight.

The workshop is from 6-7 p.m. in the Dayton High School Auditorium.

The School Board is trying to determine the potential support for a capital projects levy or a one-year maintenance and operation levy. It is likely a figure of $200,000 to $250,000 would be requested, according to Superintendent Doug Johnson.

A capital projects levy would likely be used to replace high school gym bleachers, replace an asphalt playground at the elementary school, and possibly underground irrigation for athletic fields and grass areas on the main campus, Johnson said.

A temporary levy lid lift approved by the state Legislature would enable the district to seek additional funding for the 2012 tax collection year.

If the district decides to seek the levy, it could be used for capital projects or personnel and programs that may be cut due to state funding reductions.

District voters approved a 2-year $1.1 million maintenance and operation levy in February, to be collected in 2011 and 2012. Estimated levy rate per $1,000 assessed valuation is $2.25.

Voters also approved a one-time levy for $92,685 to resurface the athletic track, and replace exterior doors at Dayton Elementary School.

"If we don't run the risk of running tax measures we run the risk of making cuts. As far as I'm concerned we're running down to the bare bones as it is, so cuts will be difficult to make," Johnson said.

The workshop will be followed by the regular board meeting in the district office building at 7 p.m.

Carrie Chicken can be reached at cec@innw.net or 522-5289.

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