Members of the Dayton School Board are Steve Martin, Marchand Hovrud, Tamara Fritze, Joe Huether and David Bailey. With all present Wednesday:
- MO LEVY: After extensive discussion, voted to seek a 4-year, $1.3 million replacement maintenance and operation levy Feb. 14, 2012. The estimated tax rate per $1,000 assessed valuation is $2.33. The owner of a home valued at $100,000 would pay $233 per year in taxes for the levy. Unanimous.
- CAPITAL PROJECTS: Decided to seek a 1-year capital projects levy separately from the Mamp;O levy, but will only ask for $75,000 for technology, and $180,000 for replacement of the gym bleachers. Two other projects considered, an irrigation system, and asphalt surface of the playground, were mothballed. Unanimous.
- BOND: The board also discussed the possibility of seeking a significant bond issue in 2014 for remodeling or reconstruction of the high school, and some updates in the elementary school. The playground and irrigation projects could be included in the bond measure. A bond measure would probably go to voters in 2014, Superintendent Doug Johnson said this morning. The high school was last remodeled in 1985-1987.
- ASB: Learned the high school ASB is working on a student store concept, and elementary and middle school students are working on an activity for the last day of school before holiday break.
- FALL MAP: Elementary principal Katie Leid reported on the fall MAP test data. She said students are at or close to the national norm benchmark, but in areas where there are concerns the staff is looking at ways to make changes.
- ADVISORY: High School Principal Andy Maheras told the board about an advisory program designed to assist students in thinking about their educational plans and their dream of the future and how to connect those. The curriculum for the program is called Navigation 101.
- POLICIES: Approved for first reading policies related to board member resignation and vacancy, excused and unexcused absences, student immunization life threatening health conditions, public information program, sexual harassment, energy management, education and conservation, state environmental policy act compliance and construction design. Unanimous. A policy related to high school graduation requirements was discussed, but no action was taken for second reading.
- PERSONNEL: Approved Michael Field and Brian Rust as volunteers for high school boys' basketball, Andee Thurston as high school girls' basketball volunteer, and John Laib as an FFA volunteer. Unanimous.