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Sheldon School Board Approves Instructional Levy, Sets Date for East Elementary Improvement Election

Sheldon, Iowa — When the Sheldon Community School Board of Directors met Monday night they voted to continue participation in the Instructional Support levy through June 30, 2018.

This levy, which has been in place for many years, will provide about $450,000 per year for such items as textbooks, computers and other constructional items. No members of the public attended the meeting to be heard at a public hearing held to hear comments on the program.

The Board also set Tuesday, February 5th as the date for an election for the public to vote on measures, which would provide for financing the East Elementary School Project and other purposes. The latest plans for the project show a proposed addition of eight new classrooms and expansion of the Media Center. These classrooms would be occupied by the first grade and kindergarten. This would be located directly West of the Media Center. The plan also shows a large Multi-purpose room, and another new area, which would provide room for administrative offices, and the nurse’s office plus work and storage areas and several new restrooms. Polls will be open February 5th from noon until eight p.m.

Superintendent Spears also brought the Board up to date on the proposed new Ball Fields. He said that at this time the School District is concentrating on the East Elementary project, but they are planning to work with NCC to see if they will be able to do the dirt work that will be necessary. This could mean a considerable savings to the District and City of Sheldon who are partners in this venture.

In other action the Board accepted the resignation of the school’s business manager, Bill Borchers. Borchers is retiring effective June 30th after fifteen years in that position. The Board also heard a presentation from several Middle School Teachers who talked about the many new ways they were using new technology in the classrooms.

The next School Board meeting has been set for January 16th.

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