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Before voters in the Woodmore School District go to the polls next month to decide a levy renewal request – the third time this year they will vote on the ballot issue – they’ll have an opportunity to voice their opinions on how the district is doing.

The board of education has scheduled an “Evening with the Board” for Oct. 11 at 6 p.m. in the cafetorium of the PreK-8 school building.

Offering district residents a forum to voice their opinions is needed, says Joe Liszak, board president.

“We want to spend some time with the community and hear their concerns; we want to hear the positives and negatives. From that, maybe we can create a list and do something. But it will be their time to come and talk to us. It will be an official board meeting but we will not have any other business on the agenda,” he said. “Typically, we never have enough time at our regular board meetings to really spend time listening to residents. We hear about pressing issues but we really want to hear overall what people have to say about the district. What we do well and what we can do better.”

A five-year property tax levy that generates about $600,000 annually will be on the Nov. 8 ballot, having failed in March and August. It expires at the end of the year.

The school board hasn’t yet prepared a list of spending cuts if the levy fails, Liszak said.

“I think that’s really a double edged sword. Before I was on the school board I used to get really annoyed when the board would put information like that out to the public. I almost felt like I was being threatened. We don’t want to make people feel that way. We’re going to have to make cuts, deep cuts, if the levy fails. That’s inevitable. But we don’t people to feel like we’re threatening them in any way,” he said.

Farmers may comprise one voting bloc that may not have any disagreements with how the school board is operating but still not support the levy.

Liszak said many growers enrolled in the Current Agricultural Use Valuation tax program are being hit by higher taxes.

“I’m still hearing from people about the taxes on farms. I hear that all the time from people who own farmland,” he said. “They’ll say they like the school district and the direction it’s heading but they’re paying so much money in taxes. A grower the other day even gave figures on how high his taxes have risen. It was pretty extraordinary. We feel for that, we do.”

The board will hold a regular meeting Oct. 18 at 6 p.m. at the PreK-8 building.

The administration is also conducting a survey of residents, seeking opinions on the district’s operations.

The 16-question survey asks respondents for their opinions on what they feel are the strengths of the district and includes a list: academics, athletics, certified and classified staffs, facilities, the gifted program, nursing, technology and the arts. It also asks what areas need improvement.

The survey also tries to ascertain if residents are aware of recent spending cuts enacted by the board of education and that the district hasn’t deficit spent in the last two school years.




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