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FD school board sets budget hearing

Hears concern about lighting at FDSH

The Fort Dodge Community School District Board of Education has set a public hearing for the district’s 2020-2021 certified budget.

The hearing will be at 6 p.m. on March 23 at the Central Administration Building, 104 S. 17th St.

The proposed budget includes total revenues of $63,248,306 and total expenditures of $65,712,719. The proposed property tax rate is 16.55% per $1,000 taxable valuation.

Also during the Monday night school board meeting, the board passed a resolution “in support of a complete count in the Decennial U.S. 2020 Census.”

“This is a joint resolution between the school district and the National Education Association … and it is our board’s way of publicly supporting and encouraging people to participate in the 2020 Census,” Superintendent Dr. Jesse Ulrich said. “Why this is such an important issue is this is the federal count of the census and our federal dollars are based on that number.”

Fort Dodge resident Rick Kuhlman addressed the school board during the comments from the public on his concerns for exterior lighting at Fort Dodge Senior High. Kuhlman, a retired Senior High principal, told the board there are some spots around the FDSH building that lack adequate lighting at night, creating safety concerns.

“I just think it would be in the best interest of the school district to add some additional lighting,” he said.

Board member Steve Springer asked if the district has funds budgeted for safety equipment like additional outdoor lighting.

Ulrich indicated yes.

No action was taken during the Monday night meeting.

The next school board meeting will be at 6 p.m. on March 9 at the Central Administration Building.

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