Madison-Plains: PI levy, solar, playground equipment, and more

(Posted Oct. 21, 2022)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

Madison-Plains Local Schools is seeking voter approval of a 2.5-mill, five-year tax levy for permanent improvements. The issue will appear on the Nov. 8 election ballot.

Permanent improvement funds are used to purchase school buses and items like textbooks and technology for students and teachers, as well as cover the cost of repair and upkeep of facilities.

The levy was originally passed in 1987. Voters have consistently renewed the levy since then.

“We are hopeful the community will continue to support this,” said Superintendent Chad Eisler. “It is certainly very, very important in the life of the school district in terms of being able to make repairs and replace equipment that needs to be done.”

If passed, the levy would continue to generate approximately $400,671 per year. The annual cost to the taxpayer would remain $31.24 per $100,000 property valuation.

In other district news:

• Foundation Solar Partners wants to lease land from Madison-Plains. The company is looking to lease a 50-foot easement along the west boundary of the campus on Linson Road so they can run power lines to connect to the power grid, Eisler said.
Legal counsel for the district and for the solar company are in discussions.

“At this time, we do not have a solution to the issues that have been presented,” said Eisler, adding that he hopes to see a solution by the Nov. 15 school board meeting.

• The new K-6 playground equipment was installed earlier this month. It was a long time coming due to supply chain delays.

“I’ve seen a lot of happy faces,” Eisler said about students enjoying the equipment.

• Individuals from the community have approached district officials about dedicating the press box at the athletic field to Victor Tope, a longtime athletic boosters member who was instrumental in getting the stadium built. Tope was very active in the school community. Eisler said he will look into the details of making dedications.

• The athletic boosters donated racks and benches for the weight room at the high school. The value of the equipment is estimated at $12,800. Additionally, an anonymous donor contributed $500 to the K-6 principal account to support five families for Thanksgiving.

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