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School Matters: School Preliminary Tax Levy & more Board Action

School Matters (Submitted for publication on Oct. 6, 2018)

By:  Larry Guggisberg – Roseau Supt. of Schools


Roseau School Board Certifies Preliminary Levy for 2019-2020 School Year


     The Roseau School Board during its Sept. 20th regular meeting unanimously approved a preliminary property tax levy of $2.56 million payable in 2019.  The preliminary school tax levy for taxes payable in 2019 indicates a 3.33% decrease over last year's levy.  The levy is approved for school taxes payable in 2019 for use in the 2019-2020 school year.

     The School Board is required by statute to set a preliminary levy by September 30.  The School Board can only finalize the levy after the Board holds its annual truth-in-taxation hearing on Dec. 10.  During this public meeting school district residents can provide comments regarding the property tax levy.

     Even though the final 2019 levy has yet to be passed, property owners in the school district will see the preliminary 3.33% percent decrease when they soon receive their 2019 property tax estimates from Roseau & Marshall County.

     In other school board action, the Board heard a report from the school administration on school safety and security regarding access to the school building.  The School District completed a door replacement project this past summer.  Select doors were fitted with electronic locking mechanisms as well as surveillance cameras.   The doors can be programmed to open / lock according to a specified time schedule.  The school administration provided a preliminary school building assess schedule for the school day and weekends.

     The Board also heard a progress report on a possible school building renovation and / or replacement project.  The starting point is to engage teachers affected by a school facility renovation / building project in a 2 hour workshop that includes presentations of 21st century learning environments and educator engagement exercises to explore “where we are” and “where we want to be” with educational and community school facilities in the future.  The workshop will be presented by staff from the District’s architectural firm and construction manager.

     It is expected after the 21st Century workshop there will be community stakeholder meetings and tours of other public schools to gain insight on facilities in use for Pre-K-12 public education.

     The school board was informed Roseau High School Math Teacher and Head Baseball Coach Mr. Tracey Wensloff was selected as the recipient of the 2018 Dick Siebert Award by the MN State High School League Coaches Association.  The award is named after Dick Siebert, a former and pioneering University of MN Baseball Coach.  This is one of the highest honors a MN High School Baseball Coach can attain.  Mr. Wensloff will receive the award at the end of October in the Twin Cities.  GO RAMS!