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Published December 14, 2011, 10:22 PM

Perham-Dent Schools considering new levy

Perham, ND (WDAY TV) - The Perham-Dent school district is setting aside the idea of a 4 day school week for now. Instead, officials are looking into new options, including a new levy since the last one it tried to pass failed four times.

The Perham-Dent school district is setting aside the idea of a 4 day school week for now. Instead, officials are looking into new options, including a new levy since the last one it tried to pass failed four times.

School officials were hoping a 4 day school week would cut costs. But actually, by losing a day, they were only saving around $140,000 a year, which is only one percent of their $14 million budget.

Mitch Anderson – Perham-Dent Superintendent: "After so many years of cuts, and we've cut four million dollars in the last eight years in the district, we are down to the bare bone."

State budget cuts are causing the school to search for ways to balance the budget while still paying for its programs and keeping these 13 hundred students from seeking their education elsewhere.

Mitch Anderson: "Everybody wants to prepare our kids for whether its two year, four year, or the workforce, and we value the programs we create."

The school district says they'll keep considering a four day school week.

Mitch Anderson: "It's unfortunate some school districts have to get to a point where wheels completely fall off before there is some support."

But in the meantime they are creating a new option to the four-times failed mill-levy, which would be like a property tax on all homeowners.

Mitch Anderson: "In our operating levy $130,000 market value home which is the average in Perham, would have cost about $110 for an operating levy per year. A capital project referendum for that same valued home would drop down to around $35-40."

By February, the school district hopes to have a plan of how to proceed.

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