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Lamont School District 2017 Levy by Joe Whipple

posted Jan 30, 2017, 1:29 PM by Stefani Kanzler   [ updated Jan 30, 2017, 1:29 PM ]
Once again it is time for our community to decide on our school’s Maintenance and Operation Levy, and I would like to share with you some key information concerning it.  The Lamont School Levy makes up approximately 20% of the total budget.  As you may know, over the years the Lamont School Board of Directors have been dedicated in keeping the levy amounts well below the allotted levy authority, and this year is no different.  Even though they will be asking for a $15,000 increase, putting it at $170,000, this is well below our levy authority of $228,082.  Over the last several years schools throughout the state have been faced with reduced or inadequate state and federal funding, which has forced districts to try and compensate through their local levy.  Lamont School is no different.  Also, Lamont School has had some unexpected costs related to our Student Special Services.  We have had to upgrade our phone system, faced and continue to face several overdue maintenance issues, such as our roof, heating system, gym floor, just to mention a few.  All of which has contributed to our reserves being well below a recommended level and the reason why the board is asking for an increase to the levy.  For several years now, the school has made every effort to cut spending and apply for grants whenever possible, and we will continue.  This has allowed us to get much needed technology to our students, new doors to the building and a handicap restroom. 

On behalf of the students, staff and the Lamont Board, we appreciate the strong support that you have shown over the years and we encourage you to take the time to vote on this year’s levy.