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District attacks financial issues
A SMATTERING of Darlington Community School Distrct citizens attended a Community Forum held on Wednesday, Dec. 2. Aaron Wolf (at podium) laid out plans and explained the reasons why the board deems it necessary to hold two referenda, one on April 5, 2016 and one on Nov. 8, 2016.

    DARLINGTON — During their regular meeting Nov. 30, members of the Darlington Community School District Board of Education addresses financial issues with a “Operating” referendum Tuesday,  April 5, 2016 and a “Debt” referendum Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016.
    OPERATING REFERENDUM – would give the board the power to exceed the revenue limit by $2,200,000 in each year beginning with the 2016-2017 school year. The operating referendum would be recurring, meaning it would not expire. So every year thereafter the board could exceed the revenue limit by $2,200,000. In the 2016-2017 school year the projected mill rate would increase by $3.03 per $1,000, bringing the total mill rate, for the Darlington Community School District to $13.05 per $1,000.
    DEPT REFERENDUM – would allow the board to incur debt to provide funding for one-time projects, such as building upgrades and reconfigurations of current facilities. A dollar figure has not been set for this and will come later after receiving input from the community and board to create a plan for the facilities.
    In other business, the board:
    • discussed and received a donation from the Redbird Touchdown Club in the amount of $3,731, which is a 50/50 split on revenues generated at the concession stand at regular season and playoff football games.
    • first readings of policies – graduation #700.10(a) and election and compensation policy #300.02.
    •discussed and approved the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 school calendars.
    •approved the enrollment of an AFS student from Switzerland.
    •approved a Youth Options application to participate in a CNA program.
    In closed session, the board:
    •hired Eric Carlson as a high school assistant boys basketball coach.
    •extended Superintendent Denise Wellnitz’s contract for one year.