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Pequot Lakes School District: Board approves tax levy

Levy decreases 3.23% from this year

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Pequot Lakes High School. Brainerd Dispatch file photo
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The Pequot Lakes School Board approved its tax levy for the coming year at the regular meeting Monday, Dec. 20.

The district expects to operate in 2022 with a total tax levy of $5,895,207, which is a decrease of $197,069 (3.23%) from this year. The district will have a total general fund of $2,883,775, a community service fund of $221,266 and a debt service fund of $2,790,166.

The board hosted its truth in taxation meeting before its regular meeting for the public to comment on the levy, with roughly five members of the tax-paying public in attendance.

In other action Monday, the board:

  • Agreed to increase the district’s substitute pay rate for paraprofessionals, custodians and food service workers to $14 an hour.

  • Approved memorandums of understanding with service and transportation employees regarding lost wages due to COVID-19.

  • Approved six donations to the district, totaling $7,350, along with a $100 donation to the student activity fund account.

As a part of its consent agenda, the board approved the resignations of cooks helpers Patricia Johnson and Anna Haberle, and head cook Sharyl Murphy, along with a leave of absence for high school social studies teacher Tony Maurer.
Board members hired junior varsity boys basketball coach Luke Friedrich, ninth-grade boys basketball coach Jeremy Max, cooks helper Danyn Maroney, and Haberle as Eagle View Elementary School paraprofessional and Murphy as food service coordinator.

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Dan Determan may be reached at 218-855-5879 or dan.determan@pineandlakes.com. Follow him on Facebook and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/@PEJ_Dan.

Dan Determan has been a reporter for the Echo Journal since 2014, primarily covering sports at Pequot Lakes and Pine River-Backus
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