The Maywood School Board met on Monday, September 14th to act on a number of issues. One of which was a ‘tax request’ hearing to raise the levy for the 2015-16 school year.
The board unanimously voted to increase the tax levy from .822354 per one hundred dollar of valuation to .834100.To compare the levy with other schools in the district, Eustis-Farnam’s current tax levy is at .717761 and Medicine Valley’s is at 1.000.
The valuation increase was needed to fund additional cash reserves and an increase in the building fund.
Many patrons appeared to express their dissatisfaction with the proposed increase.
“We are having to tighten our belts at home more with the taxes going up, property more than doubled in taxes this last time. I’d like to remind the board their are people watching what we do with the tax money.” said patron Marvin Henry.
The cash reserve was also brought up by a few patrons including Peggy Smith. “The cash reserve got dwindled down, spent a tremendous amount in the previous years.” replied Marty Shurr school board member. Patrons also asked the board, ‘What if the levy doesn’t get fixed?’. The board replied with an answer of ‘then we don’t have a big cash reserve.’
A lot of patrons also had words to say to the board on how they are spending the tax payers money. There were a lot of disgruntled patrons that discussed the housing expenses they give to the superintendant also the money that was spent on upgrades including lockers, carpet and display cases.
“65% of our taxes come to this school, their should be no increase in the levy at all, the board should be tightening their belt.” said patron Anne Farr.
The board then continued on with their regular monthly meeting. Lyle Koester had spoke during the community input and thanked the administrators for the band playing at the Wellfleet parade.
The board also filled the vacancy on the school board. They had one applicant ‘Russ Gerlach’ he will begin his term in the October meeting because of the resignation of Doug Snyder.
The October meeting will be held on the 12th for their monthly meeting.
The Maywood Public School Kindergarten class fro the 2015-16 school year is full of excitement too start thier first year of school off. Pictured above l-r: Back l-r: Tracir Kennedy-Teacher, Jenna Donohoe, Klaire McCorkle, Bridgette McClain, Olivia Baver. Front l-r: Brooklynn Tidyman, Cali Rutherford and Landyn Gilmore.-Photo by Amber Hickert
The Eustis-Farnam Kindergarten class for 2015-16 school yera is excited to be in class. Pictured above front row l-r: Noah Bihlmaier, Mikaela Shaw, Angel Nickelson, Jayda McPeak, Isaac Bihlmaier. Back row l-r: Cole Dean, Jordan Betancourt, Cooper Parker, Eli Schimmels, Dalton Houser.
The annual Curtis Fall Festival will kick off starting Friday, September 18 and will continue on throughout the weekend. There are several events scheduled for the weekend so be sure to come and enjoy them!
On Friday, the Curtis Clinic will hold their yearly health fair at the Curtis Community Center, starting at 8:00 a.m. and going until 11:30 a.m. The Pie Baking contest judging will be at the Curtis Community Center also and will begin at 9:00 a.m. Contact Brenda Chancellor for more information at 367-6821. To finish Friday there will be a Team Roping at 7:00 p.m. For more information or to enter you can contact Ronnie Lenz at 367-6671 or Tony Fink at 737-6646.
To kick off Saturday, there will be a Fireman’s breakfast at the Community Center from 6:30 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. At 8:00 a.m. the 5K/10K Race and Kids 1 mile color run will begin with registration starting at 7:15 a.m. The Grand Parade line up will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the Medicine Valley High School.
The Frontier County Stitchers Quilt Guild will be holding a Quilt Show and Silent Auction at the Methodist Church from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. The Grand Parade will begin at 10:00 a.m. Following the parade will be lots of games, kiddie rides and vendors at the City Park and will last until 5:00 p.m. The free will donation BBQ that is sponsored by the Curtis Fall Festival will begin at 11:30 and go until 1:30 p.m. At 12:30 the trap shoot will begin at the Curtis Gun Club, to enter contact Allan Taylor at 530-9889. There will also be free will donation root beer floats starting at 1:00 p.m.
Also if you’re worried about missing the Husker football game, you can go watch it at the Star Theatre at 2:30 p.m. At 4:00 p.m. they will have their Big Wheel race at the City Park, winners of the race will win a free big wheel! And too kick off Saturday night they will have the Curtis Fall Festival Bash at Mill Park.
On Sunday, September 20th the Lions Club Golf Tournament will begin at 8:00 a.m. There will also be a Church service held at 10:00 a.m. at the City Park. At 2:00 p.m. there will be a free kids movie at the Star Theatre at 2:00 p.m. Playing will be ‘Home’.