EV board welcomes new coaches
By ANDREA FURLONG
Three new coaches have joined the staff of English Valleys High School for the 2010-11 school year.
The English Valleys School Board approved hiring Matt Snakenburg as head baseball coach, Mike Degner as head boys basketball coach and Amy Davis as Valley Rush Director at its May 13 meeting. Snakenburg’s salary was approved at $3,170. Davis’ salary was approved at 5.5 percent of base pay and Degner’s salary was approved at 12.1 percent of the base. Exact amounts have not been determined for the salaries of Davis and Degner, as the base pay for 2010-11 is still under negotiation.
IN OTHER BUSINESS
• The board approved a sharing agreement with Tri County School District for Jody Cowman as art teacher for the 2010-11 school year.
• The board approved Brandt’s Andreassen’s resignation as assistant football coach.
• The board approved selling a piece of the former DR-M Elementary yard measuring 147 x 510 feet to Kevin and Christine Koehn, North English, for $10,500.
• The board approved Tuesday, Aug. 24 as the first day of school for the 2010-11 school year.
• English Valleys High School Principal Marty Van Roekel discussed his plans with the board to implement a community service program for high schoolers called the Silver Cord program. To qualify to be a Silver Cord student, EV students would need to acquire at least 100 hours of community service in their four years of high school, with at least 20 hours per year.
• The board approved a summer wrestling camp at the high school.
• The board approved applying to the Race to the Top program.
At its April 8 meeting, the board approved the district’s budget for fiscal year 2011. The Instructional Support Levy (ISL) was set at 15 percent for the income surtax — 3 percent higher than the board initially projected. The increase was due to 2008 income taxes coming in at $500,000 lower than the district had projected.
The income surtax on the voted Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL) was set at 5 percent. The board elected not to levy its 33 cent PPEL for fiscal year 2011, as recommended by EV Superintendent Alan Jensen, to “ease the property tax burden.”
The proposed property tax levies carried an increase of approximately 30 cents for all EV taxpayers. However, while the increase was the same for residents in the original EV district and the former Deep River-Millersburg (DR-M), DR-M taxpayers’ levy was proposed at approximately $2 less ($13.43) than the pre-reorganization EV property tax levy ($15.59). A debt service levy paid only by taxpayers in the pre-reorganization EV district accounts for their higher tax rate
“It was expressly set at that time that the debt with the buildings would stay with English Valleys,” he said.
Board president John Gent said it would not be fair for the board to reverse its decision.
“Once we approved it . . . for us to go back. . .we can’t betray our word,” Gent said.
The board set property taxes for fiscal year 2011 at the initially proposed rates of $15.59 for pre-organization EV taxpayers and $13.43 for DR-M taxpayers.
• The board approved selling the DR-M Elementary building to the Benton-Iowa County Decategorization Board for $1. The kitchen, gym and library will remain open for public use. Some facilities may require reservations with the Decat Board in order to use them.
• Jensen announced approximately $71 was raised for Hope for Haiti from the high school swing show.
The next meeting of the English Valleys School Board is scheduled for Thursday, June 10, at 6:30 p.m., in the library of English Valleys Lutton Elementary School.
UPDATED June 9, 2010 3:10 PM