Referendum drives H-BC levy numbers

Members of the Hills-Beaver Creek School Board approved a $395,027 levy limitation certificate at their meeting on Thursday, Dec. 27.

The 2013 levy reflects a sizable tax increase thanks to district voters passing an operating referendum in mid-December.

The levy amounts to a 128 percent increase over the prior year’s amount of $173,475.


Holthaus, staff check lockdown preparedness

Responding to the crisis at Sandy Hook Elementary School in New Town, Conn., Superintendent Todd Holthaus informed the board of the district’s current plan for lockdown.

Holthaus said, “We will do everything we can do to prepare and that includes making some changes to our current plan.”

He published a communication to parents via the district website that included how to discuss the matters with students.

The district has revisited their crisis plans and discussed scenarios with members of the Rock County Law Enforcement. Staff and students will continue to have a minimum of five lockdown drills per school year.

Steps were taken during the break to relocate the computer monitor in the elementary front office to give receptionist Brenda Plimpton better visibility of the front doors. They also require all visitors to sign in and out.

Holthaus discussed the possibility of purchasing an employee and visitor badge system.


In other district news:

•The board accepted the following donations: $500 from Ray VanderWolde for the Hills-Beaver Creek School Foundation, $250 for the kindergarten class from Fischer Masonry, $100 from New Vision Co-op for an ice machine and $500 from Exchange State Bank for an ice machine.

The district purchased an ice machine with an additional donation from the Future Farmers of America. It will be used for athletic injuries and treatments.

•Elementary students, participating in the Student Council Holiday Outreach Project, collected and donated 1,211 items for the Rock County Food Shelf.

•The district received a Public Utilities Commission grant written by the SW/WC Service Cooperative. Items to be received at the elementary school include a 55-inch television, media cart, Lumens Document camera and a video conferencing system. There were no expenses for the district for these items.

•The board recognized the generosity of the youth leaders at Ben Clare Methodist Church, Project Love and the First Presbyterian Church of Beaver Creek for helping H-BC students and families in need during the holidays.

•To date, the operating referendum special election has cost the district $2,034. They anticipate additional expenses still to come.

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