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March 7, 2013

School board urges allowable growth from state

OSKALOOSA — The Oskaloosa School Board approved sending a letter to state lawmakers pushing for 4 percent allowable growth during its meeting Tuesday night.

The School Administrators of Iowa is concerned about allowable growth funding from the state to local school districts. The organization is petitioning state lawmakers to restore 4 percent allowable growth, Superintendent Russ Reiter said.

Reiter said that 4 percent allowable growth is necessary to make up for reduced state funding during the past three years. The School Board unanimously approved sending the letter of support.

In other action, the School Board approved breakfast and lunch rates at the elementary school and high school. Elementary school lunches will be $2.20, high school lunches will be $2.30 and breakfast will be $1.50.

The School Board also approved an Oskaloosa Middle School Educational Talent Search student trip to Truman State University and it approved a high school ETS student trip to South Bend, Ind., to Notre Dame University in April.

The School Board also set public hearing dates for the 2013-2014 certified budget and for the Construction Trades home for Tuesday, April 9, at 7 p.m.

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Herald Editor Duane Nollen can be reached by email at oskynews@oskyherald.com

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