Prairieview-Ogden school board to regroup on failed tax referendum

Prairieview-Ogden school board to regroup on failed tax referendum

The President of the Prairieview-Ogden School Board said it's too soon to tell what the board will want to do about a tax increase referendum that failed with voters on Tuesday night.

The 40 cent increase in the education fund tax rate lost by a vote of 322-182.  If it had passed, it would have raised the rate to the maximum of $2.32 per $100 of assessment.

School Board President Darrin Flessner said a decision will have to be made by the entire board on when or if the issue comes back to the voters.  But Flessner said the results of the primary will be discussed at next month's board meeting.

Meanwhile, Prairieview-Ogden Superintendent Victor White said he knew it was going to be difficult to get the tax increase approved.

White added that two fourth grade classes will have to be combined into one next school year, and there could potentially be more cuts in early 2015.  He said the district saw a cut in general state aid by more than $360,000 from the 2007-2008 school year to last school year.  White said he would like voters to vote out legislators who don't put education as their top priority.

The Prairieview-Ogden School District is comprised of a grade school for kindergarten through fourth grade in Royal, a grade school in Ogden for kindergarten through sixth grade and a junior high school in Flatville for grades seven and eight.

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