DIXON – A school district public planning meeting Saturday will set the stage for where the district is financially, and where it wants to go – including any plans for the potential 1-percent sales tax revenue.
The district expects about $400,000 less in state aid, less tax income because of lower property values, and growing expenses next year, so the board must prepare for the future, Superintendent Michael Juenger said.
No action will be taken at the 4-hour meeting, which begins at 9 a.m. at Reagan Middle School, but public comments and questions are welcome.
Areas that will get a specific look include building and grounds recommendations, staffing recommendations and a review of the district’s bus contract.
Also, plans will be discussed regarding the direction the district should take with the 1-percent sales tax revenue if the referendum passes in April – specifically, whether the district should build a sports and activities complex.
“It will all overlap,” Juenger said. “You really can’t analyze and forecast one without thinking about the other.”
He made it clear that, despite the board’s previous resolution to build such a complex, it will be starting Saturday with a clean slate.
“All board members can see the need for the 1-percent sales tax revenue,” Juenger said. “There might be a little disagreement with how we should use that money. The board has options.”
Police Chief Danny Langloss, who led the “We are Dixon” campaign in November supporting the 1-percent sales tax, said he did not have a comment on the future of the group or what, if any, presence it will have Saturday. He did say he will be getting in touch with fellow supporters about future plans.
The board also will look at upcoming retirements, future staffing needs and how state funding cuts might affect busing.
The Dixon School Board will hold a public planning meeting from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Reagan Middle School, 620 Division St.
The board is seeking input on its future financial situation, including how any potential sales tax money should be spent. Plans to use the funds to build a sports complex are up in the air.
Bring your laptop: For the first time, the board meeting will be interactive, which means the public can connect to the school's network and follow along with presentations and data during the meeting.
For an agenda for this meeting, minutes from past meetings or more information, go to www.disconschools.org or call 815-284-7722.