October is National Principals Month! Please join us in celebrating Principal Mark Porter this month. Mr. Porter has dedicated 20 years to the Lake Holcombe School District.
During National Principals Month, we would like to show our appreciation for Principal Mark Porter. Thank you for being the smiling face we see each day and for inspiring us to be leaders. Thank you for the wisdom that you show us each and every day. Outstanding school leaders make for outstanding schools! National Principals Month honors principals for their significant impact on the success and well-being of our nation’s students.
Having been a principal for numerous years myself and growing up the son of principal; I know firsthand the hard work and dedication it takes to be a successful principal.
Thank You Mr. Porter!
The annual meeting for the Lake Holcombe School District will be held in the Elementary IMC on Monday, October 28th, 2019 at 6:30PM. The annual meeting is an opportunity for the electors of the school district to participate in the process of approving a budget for the operation of their local school district.
The following is an overview of how the budget has come together for the 2019-20 school year. Budget books are available in the school office or on the district’s website at www.lakeholcombe.k12.wi.us. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.
The 2019 general fund revenue limit for the Lake Holcombe School District is $3,763,474. This includes a three year $850,000 non-recurring referenda to exceed revenue limits. For the first time in many years the state budget included a per member revenue increase of $175.00. The community service fund levy is proposed to be $30, 210 which is $8,790 lower than last year The October 15 certified amount of state aid is projected at $172,757. This is down from the 2018-19 state aid amount of $203,356 The mill rate for tax year 2019 is projected to be $8.80 per thousand. The owner of a $100,000 house will pay $880 in school taxes. This is down slightly from 2018 when the school tax/mill rate was $9.06. The equalized value of the Lake Holcombe School District is $431,000,685. This is up from the October 2018 equalized value which was $408,584,722. The budget serves as a management tool to guide and direct the financial operations of the school district. There certainly will be changes to revenues and expenses as the year progresses.
The District ended the 2018-19 fiscal year with a general fund surplus of $56,991. Additionally, the district increased its Capital Improvement fund to $613, 182. These funds are earmarked for capital improvements that include boiler and roof replacement projects. These funds will be available for use in March of 2020. School safety grants afforded the district the ability to make safety improvements that included door and access control improvements. The district was also awarded a $30,000 mental health grant that will bring telehealth services to students. Students will not have to leave the building to receive these services. Blacktop was replaced in the student parking lot in the summer of 2019.
The students and staff of the Lake Holcombe School District appreciate the continued support from the electors of the Lake Holcombe School District.
The Lake Holcombe School District will join school districts throughout the state to salute their local education leaders during Wisconsin School Board Week Oct. 6-12. The commemorative week is designed to recognize the contributions made by Wisconsin's school board members, including the Lake Holcombe School Board, who are charged with governing public education under state law.
Wisconsin school board members are chosen by their communities to manage local schools. They oversee multi-million dollar budgets which fund education programs for more than 867,000 students in more than 420 public school districts. Their personnel decisions affect thousands of teachers, administrators and support workers. These volunteer leaders are responsible for formulating school district policy, approving curricula, maintaining school facilities, and adhering to state and federal education law. Legal concerns and the complexities of school finance, including budgeting and taxation, require them to spend many hours in board training programs and personal study to enhance their understanding of these issues.
Our deepest appreciation is extended to the dedicated men and women who make it possible for local citizens to participate in education in our community. We salute the public servants of the Lake Holcombe School Board whose commitment and civic responsibility make local control of public schools in our community possible: Brian Guthman-President, Jeff Anders-Clerk, Anneleise Willmarth-Treasurer, Matt Flater-Vice President, and Debbi Readinger-Director. Please join us by saying thanks to our school board members during Wisconsin School Board Week.