School board elections to held in November

Residents to also vote on PPEL during general election

With the upcoming school board election, superintendent John Henriksen reminded anyone who wants to file nominating papers that the first day to do so is Aug. 26.

School board elections are moved to Nov. 5 this year to align with local city elections, according to the Iowa Association of School Boards. Four school board members’ terms will come to an end: Jenn Crull, Karl Braun, Dave McCoid and Chuck Andrew.

The first day to file nomination papers with the MPCSD board secretary is Aug. 26. The last day is Sept. 19. Henriksen said that once someone has filed nomination papers, they will provide information on how many signatures candidates need.

Residents also will be able to vote on the MPCSD’s Physical Plant and Equipment Levy on Nov. 5, during the general election. Henriksen said the school board is asking the community to renew the current levy of $1.34 per $1,000 of assessed valuation.

The voted $1.34 property tax levy generated $771,000 this fiscal year and is used “almost exclusively” for the district’s technology needs, Henriksen said.

The regular PPEL, which is board approved, is a 33-cent property tax, Henriksen said. That generated just short of $190,000 this fiscal year, Henriksen said.