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Janesville schools fundraising foundation studied

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ANN MARIE AMES
April 10, 2010
— The Janesville School Board on Tuesday could approve a foundation that would raise money for the city’s public schools the way other groups do for private schools and universities.

Board members in January were receptive to Administrator Karen Schulte’s proposal of such a foundation.


If the board approves the Excellence in Education Foundation plan, Schulte would appoint foundation board members. The school board would be in charge of approving appointments.


Such a group could raise money to help “build the arts, promote diverse staff, expand programs for gifted children and enhance the quality of life for children of poverty” in the district, according to a memo from Schulte.


Also on the agenda:


-Board members will continue talks about the 2010-11 school year budget. The district this year plans to set spending after determining revenues.


As an example, district CFO Keith Pennington in March presented these scenarios to the board:


-A 2.52 percent total package increase for union employees, pay freezes for administration and no increase to the tax levy. The result would be a $3.54 million shortfall.


-A 2.53 percent total package increase for all employees and a 2 percent tax levy increase. The result would be a $4.06 million shortfall.


-A 3.8 percent total package increase for all employees and the maximum allowable tax levy increase of 12 percent. The result would be a $1.84 million shortfall.


-The board also will meet in closed session talk about expelling four students.


-Peter Severson, Karl Dommershausen and Kristen Hesselbacher will take oaths of office. Severson was re-elected Tuesday. Dommershausen and Hesselbacher are new to the board and will take office April 26.


A reception for board members Tim Cullen and Deirdre Richards, who will step down at the end of the month, will take place at 5:35 p.m.



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