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School Board Choose Legislative Priorities ; Especially Stress Mental Health and Governance

June 17, 2021 10:03am

The Storm Lake School Board on Wednesday chose their Legislative Action Priorities for this year.

The top four legislative priorities that the board settled on were funding, governance, mental health, and preschool.

Superintendent Dr. Stacey Cole said mental health continues to be one of the biggest challenges that the district faces...(audio clip below  :30 )

Board member Erika Dierking said governance should be a priority for all school boards, especially this year...(audio clip below  :20 )

Board President Peter Steinfeld agreed with including governance as a priority, feeling it will become more of an issue now that the governor and legislature see that they are able to intervene with local school board matters, such as restricting what can be taught in the classroom.


No comments were made during a public hearing, and the School Board approved continuing participation in the Instructional Support Program.

The current Instructional Support Levy expires at the end of the 2021-2022 school year. The levy is renewed every five years, and is now in place for the district through the 2026-2027 school year up to the ten-percent maximum set annually by the Board.

The district anticipates the levy will generate approximately 935-thousand dollars with a blend of income surtax and property taxes.