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District 518 Board of Education sets levy

WORTHINGTON -- The District 518 Board of Education approved a maximum preliminary levy of $2,548,150.83 for 2006, contingent on information from the Minnesota Department of Education.

WORTHINGTON -- The District 518 Board of Education approved a maximum preliminary levy of $2,548,150.83 for 2006, contingent on information from the Minnesota Department of Education.

"The referendum is not reflected in the levy," said Superintendent John Landgaard, referring to the proposed $1,000 per student operating referendum district residents will vote on Nov. 7.

The levy represents what the district will get from local property taxes and includes money from the Prairie Elementary building referendum.

The $2.55 million figure reflects a 2 percent decrease from last year's levy. The school board can decrease the amount it levies if it wishes, but the number cannot be increased -- unless the referendum passes in November.

Sometimes, Landgaard said, the state's figures will change, and the levy will change accordingly.

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In other news, the board:

- Approved a contract with South Dakota State University, Brookings, for student teaching. The contract is similar to that approved for Southwest Minnesota State University earlier this year.

- Heard that 886 parents were registered for the Parent Portal, a tool that allows parents to check their children's grades, assignments and discipline records online.

- Will host a public informational meeting about the proposed referendum at Worthington Middle School at 7 p.m. Oct. 16.

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