ISL On The Table Again

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Glenwood School Board Sets Dec. 14 Public Hearing

By Joe Foreman, Editor

Glenwood Community School District residents could be going to the polls on Groundhog Day (Feb. 2) for a new vote on an Instructional Support Levy (ISL).

At a special meeting, Monday, Nov. 16, the Glenwood Board of Education took the first step to bring the ISL back to the vote of the people. The board passed a resolution of intent to participate in the ISL and scheduled a public hearing for Monday, Dec. 14, at 5:30 p.m. A final decision to put the ISL to a public vote won’t be made until after the public hearing.

“After the public hearing, the board could set a resolution to participate in an election (on Feb. 2),” said Dr. Stan Sibley, superintendent of the Glenwood Community School District.

Dollars generated by the ISL could be used to address curriculum and technology needs within the district. Sibley said the school board would have the option of pursuing up to 10 percent of the regular program district costs through the ISL. Under a state-mandated formula, Glenwood’s regular program district costs compute to nearly $12 million, meaning a 10-percent ISL could generate over $1 million annually. The board could elect to pursue less than 10 percent of its program costs, Sibley said.

Sibley said Feb. 2. (the first Tuesday in February) would be the last possible date the ISL could be passed in time to generate funds for the 2010-2011 fiscal year.

In an election last February, the vote for an ISL in the Glenwood Community School District ended in a 434-434 tie, meaning the measure failed by one vote because approval from a simple majority was not achieved.