In its regular meeting Monday, Sept. 16, the Pequot Lakes School Board unanimously approved its preliminary 2019 payable 2020 levy at the proposed maximum.

If it approves that as the final levy, the district will operate in 2020 with a total tax levy of $6,045,722, which is an increase of $13,392 (0.85%) from the current year.

The board will approve a final levy, which cannot be increased from the preliminary amount but can be decreased, at its Monday, Dec. 16, meeting.

In other action Monday, the board:

  • Approved a proposed high school band trip to Memphis and New Orleans over spring break. The band goes on a trip once every four years, so each band member has a chance to attend one. Band director Mike Sommerness said he expects roughly 100 of the band’s 118 students to take part in the trip, and much of the funds needed will be obtained through fundraisers and donations

“You and the teachers going along are giving up your spring break to do more work on our behalf,” Superintendent Chris Lindholm said to Sommerness. “I think that is kind of cool.”

  • Accepted 13 donations - including musical instruments, school supplies and more than $7,500 - to the district and six donations to the student activity fund account.
  • Set its annual truth in taxation meeting for 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16, with the board’s regular meeting to follow.
  • Approved five resignations, three leaves of absence and 14 new hires as part of the board’s consent agenda.

On Tuesday, Oct. 1, the school board will conduct a special combined work session with the Pequot Lakes City Council at the city council chambers. Its regular work session was rescheduled for Monday, Oct. 7.