Monday, January 30, 2017

January E-Newsletter

Physical Plant and Equipment Levy Vote

As stated in prior editions of the district E-Newsletter, Carroll Community School District is holding a special election for a Voter-Approved Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL) on February 7, 2017. The election is asking voters to approve a property tax increase of .67/1000 on taxable valuation for the purpose of reconstructing the Carroll Atheltic Field (Stadium). The italic and bold type that follows is the official ballot language:

"Shall the Board of Directors of the Carroll Community School District in the County of Carroll, State of Iowa, be authorized for a period of ten (10) years, to levy annually, as determined by the Board, a voter-approved physical plant and equipment property tax not to exceed sixty-seven cents ($0.67) per one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) of the assessed valuation of the taxable property within the school district commencing with the levy for collection in the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2017, to be used for reconstruction of the Carroll Athletic Field (Stadium) and other purposes permitted by Iowa law.

In addition to funds from the voted PPEL (if approved) the district will also use money generated from the statewide one-cent sales tax for school infrastructure. CCSD plans to save $750,000 over a three-year period from sales tax revenue. The district will also borrow $1,000,000 to be paid back over time from sales tax revenue. It is important to understand that NONE of the money used for this project will come from dollars that are generated for the purpose of educating the students - the General Fund! In fact, money used for this project CANNOT (by Iowa Code) be used to purchase textbooks, school supplies, or pay salaries and benefits to employees. 

If everything with this project happens, people will most likely wonder why CCSD has money to build a stadium, while at the same time it is cutting expenditures in the General Fund. Again, the money comes from different places and MUST be used as outlined in the law. 

Let Your Voice Be Heard

The Iowa Legislature has been and will continue to discuss topics that may have a tremendous impact on the education of Iowa kids. I strongly encourage all of you to stay VERY attuned to what is happening at the Capitol this year, especially, as it relates to education. Many important decisions could be made this session that could have a detrimental impact on education for a long time. I urge you to advocate for your child and all children who attend Iowa public schools. You can contact area legislators by emailing or calling them to share your views. Their contact information is as follows:

The Carroll Chamber of Commerce also hosts Legislative Forums on an every other weekend basis. The forums begin at 10:00 am and last one hour. Here are the dates of the upcoming forums where you can ask the lawmakers questions.
  • February 11 - Glidden American Legion Post #386 – 106 Idaho St, Glidden 
  • February 25 – Swan Lake Conservation – Education Center 
  • March 11 – Manning Regional – Healthcare Center – 1550 6th St, Manning 
  • March 25 – DMACC – 906 North Grant Road, Carroll 
  • April 8 – Carroll Dental Associates – 1406 N Hwy 71, Carroll 
  • April 22 – Carroll High School – 2 809 North Grant Road

Winter Weather Is Here - For a Bit Longer!

With the cold, windy, icy, and snowy weather here, it is a good time to remind everyone where you can find school delays and cancellations. Carroll Community School District uses a notification calling system called Blackboard Connect. If families have not yet signed up to get notifications from CCSD on this notification system, you are encouraged to contact Kerri Ladehoff at Carroll Middle School. Kerri's contact information is or 712 - 792 - 8020. She can get you set up on the district's notification system. In addition to the automated calls, Carroll Community School District announces its school delays and cancellations on the following places:
  • Local Radio Stations - KCIM - 1380 AM, KKRL - 93.7 FM, KIKK - 106.7 FM
You can also sign up to receive a text message directly to your cell phone by following the directions on this link. Many times announcements are posted on the district's Facebook page or on my Twitter page. To follow me on Twitter, just search for rjcordes.

Tom Reiter, CCSD transportation director, and I hit the roads between 4:30 am and 5:15 am depending on the weather conditions. CCSD often contacts city and county officials regarding road conditions, as well as, road conditions in surrounding districts. The district tries to have a decision made by 6:00 am, but all of that depends on current weather conditions. In some instances, the district may run two - hours late in order to "buy time" to determine if weather conditions are going to improve or worsen.

Make-up Days

So far this school year two days have been lost due to inclement weather. They will be made up at the end of the year on May 25th and 26th. The last day for students will be May 26th with a three-hour early dismissal. If additional days are missed, they will be made up on May 30, 31, etc.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

December E-Newsletter

Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2017! It is hard to believe another year has passed by - time truly does fly by! I hope you and your loved ones have a wonderful 2017.

Early Voting for the Voter-Approved PPEL Has Begun

Early voting for the Carroll Community School District's Voter-Approved Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL) has begun at the Carroll County Courthouse. The courthouse is open from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.  

CCSD Board Moves Forward with Voter-Approved Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL)

One December 1st the Carroll Community School District board of education voted to move forward with a voter-approved physical plant and equipment levy. Last month the District E-Newsletter included information about a voter-approved PPEL and the need to improve the Stadium facilities. Below is background information pertaining to the PPEL vote and a few Frequently Asked Questions.  

FAQ on a Voter-Approved Physical Plant and Equipment Levy

Voters in the Carroll Community School District will be asked to implement a Voter-Approved Physical Plant and Equipment Levy in order to reconstruct the current Carroll Athletic Field (Stadium). The levy is more commonly known as a Voter-Approved PPEL (pronounced "pebble").

A Voter-Approved PPEL Levy is a levy that can be used for a number of expenditures including construction of buildings, purchasing property, school buses, technology equipment, and energy conservation projects. In the case of Carroll Community School District, the money would be used to reconstruct the current stadium. The levy cannot be used for staff salaries or supplies - those expenditures must come from a school district's General Fund.

There are two portions of the Physical Plant and Equipment Levy. There is a Board Approved PPEL, where the Board has the authority to levy .33/1000 each fiscal year when the certified budget is completed. The second kind of PPEL is a Voter-Approved PPEL. A Voter-Approved PPEL, when approved by a simple majority, allows districts to levy UP TO $1.34/1000.

Carroll Community School District has not had a Voter-Approved Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL) since 2006. The Carroll High School addition was paid for by a .67/1000 Voter-Approved PPEL, which was put on the tax rolls in 1996 - 1997.

When is the election for the Voter-Approved PPEL?
On Tuesday, February 7, 2017, voters within the Carroll Community School District will be asked to vote on the Physical Plant and Equipment Levy. Polls will be open from noon to 8:00 p.m. on the 7th. The following precincts will vote at the polling places listed below:

Carroll Wards 1,2,3,4, Maple River & Arcadia Twps.
  • At First United Methodist Church, Carroll
  • At Lidderdale Community Building
Pleasant Valley-Newton-Eden 
  • At Dedham City Hall
  • At Halbur Community Building
  • St. Bernard’s Parish Hall, Breda

How much does this levy generate and for how long?
With voter approval, Iowa school districts can levy a maximum of $1.34/1000 of taxable valuation. Carroll CSD is asking voters to pass a Voter-Approved PPEL up to a maximum of $0.67/1000. With the current property valuation in the district, $0.67/1000 will generate $629,000 annually. This money will be used to pay back money loaned to the district in order to pay for the reconstruction of the stadium. The maximum length of Voter-Approved PPEL Levy is 10 years.

Will the passage of this levy increase my taxes?
Yes, for the length the levy is in place. The district is asking to levy $0.67 per $1,000 taxable valuation.

Because of recent school district budget deficiencies, why isn’t PPEL used to offset the general fund?
PPEL dollars cannot be used for salaries, textbooks, or educational programs. The requirements to use these funds are very specific to maintenance, equipment, construction, and remodeling.

What are examples of the types of things the levy can be used for?
If approved, the Voter-Approved PPEL will be used to reconstruct the Carroll Athletic Field (Stadium). The desire of the CCSD board of education is to use the Voter-Approved PPEL only for the cost to reconstruct the stadium and costs associated with the reconstruction.

What happens if the levy does not pass?
The stadium complex will continue to deteriorate. Restrooms, locker rooms, and concession areas will continue to be inadequate.

The track will have to be replaced very soon if it is going to continue to be used. The district will have to budget other funds to construct a track, taking funds away from other infrastructure projects. The district will struggle to meet the maintenance requirements of our schools.

How does this levy impact the community/district?
A Voter-Approved PPEL would be used to renovate the current stadium that everyone in the community can be proud of. In addition, the stadium could be used by members of the community by having it open from dawn to dusk. The goal would be to increase the use of the stadium complex if it was reconstructed.

Where can additional information be obtained about a Voter-Approved PPEL?
Contact Rob Cordes, superintendent of schools at 712-792-8001 or email with your questions.


Sunday, January 1, 2017

Carroll Tiger Happenings - Week of January 2 - 7, 2017

Here are some of the Carroll Tiger activities scheduled during the week of January 2 - January 7

Events are subject to change. For the most up-to-date schedules and start, times click here.

  • Monday, January 2
    • Boys Swimming - 5:30 pm - Carroll REC Center - Sioux City East
  • Tuesday, January 3
      • Classes Resume
    • Wednesday, January 4
      • No Activities Scheduled
    • Thursday, January 5
      • CMS Wrestling - 4:15 pm @ ADM
      • 7th Grade G BB - 4:15 pm - @Fairview East Gym - IKM-Manning 
      • 7th Grade B BB - 4:30 pm - @ Boone Middle School
      • 8th Grade B BB - 4:30 pm - CMS Gym
      • 8th Grade G BB - 5:15 pm - @Fairview East Gym - IKM-Manning 
      • 9/JV G BB - 6:00 pm - @ Boone 
      • 9/JV B BB - 6:00 pm - CHS Gym - Boone
    • Friday, January 6
      • Varsity G & B BB - 6:00 pm - CHS Gym - Boone
    • Saturday, January 7
      • JV Wrestling - 9:00 am - @ Ogden High School
      • Varsity Wrestling - 10:00 am - Ames High School
      • Boys Swimming Invitational - 11:00 am - @ Johnston High School