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Official Publication for the Norwalk Community School District Norwalk Warriors Thursday, April 4, 2019 N/Warren Town and County News Page Seven NO WALlC, SCHOOL UPDATES By Kate Baldwin Exe utive Dire. -'tor of Admini -trative Scrvic, Norwalk Communi j School Pi trict, Norwalk School District Sets Budget for 2019-2020 April 4th, 2019 "The Norwalk School Board is scheduled to approve the 2019-2020 budget at the April 8th meeting, 6:00 pm at Norwalk Schools District Office, 380 Wright Road. A copy of the budget summary is attached below. State revenues have slightly improved over the past couple of years, but the state budget is still tight. The Iowa legislature approved a 2.06% increase in per pupil funding for K-12 schools in 2019-2020, up from 1% this year. This is far short of the funding level needed to sustain teacher employment and programming across the state. Since schools are funded on a per pupil basis, Norwalk's growth in enrollment helps to temper the impact of inflationary factors to operate the school district. However, Norwalk faces challenges to hire new teachers to meet the growth in enrollment as well as expand educational programs. Many of the educational programs rely on sophsticated technology, both hardware and software. Technology based curriculum and classroom structures are far more expensive than instructional programs offered even 10 years ago. In addition to the growing technology needs, the District is being asked to offer more college credit classes, STEM related instruction, and career and technical education classes. The state is requiring new technology based student testing as well as additional programming. All of these initiatives are valuable to a 21st Century school but they also lead to increased costs. The School District is reducing the total property tax levy by approximately 75 cents. Much of the levy reduction is due to increased property valuations. In addition, the State of Iowa is supplementing school district revenues through increased per pupil funding to provide property tax relic for commercial and residential property owners. Below and to the right is a recap of the District's General Fund (operating budget) 2019-2020 budgeted revenues, expenditures and mrollment. You can see the annual enrollment growth is exceeding 125 studer s per year. 2019-2020 Reven es 2019-2020 pen s New Program to Help Iowa Families Keep Teen Drivers Safe Gov. Kim Reynolds, in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Transportation, is pleased to announce an initiative new to Iowa designed to help teen drivers and their parents more safely navigate the early years of driving. The Parent's Supervised Driving Program gives parents and guardians a simple, easy-to-follow plan designed to encourage safe driving habits. In addition, the program includes the popular RoadReady mobile app for iPhone and Android, which helps families log and manage the hours a new driver spends behind the wheel. This program is provided at no cost to families who live in the state of Iowa. The program consists of a guidebook that will be provided to Iowa teens obtaining an instruction permit at any dri"ver's license issuance site. It is also available online and can be downloaded at http:// www.eregulations.com/driving/iowa/. The guide is strategically divided into lessons that make it easy to focus on specific skills and move from more basic to advanced through the book. To track the hours new drivers are required to put in behind the wheel, you can also download the free app from your phone's app store by searching "RoadReady". In Iowa, new drivers are required to have a minimum of 20 hours behind the wheel to advance from an instruction permit to an intermediate license. However, parents are strongly encouraged to have their new driver experience a variety of driving conditions including seasonal weather conditions, nighttime versus daytime, and different levels of traffic. The Parent's Supervised Driving Program is now in use in more than 26 states nationwide. More information about the program and instruction permits is available online at https://iowadot.gov/ mvd/driverslicense/Under- 18. ~. ~ ~5~ ~,64 ~~~ ;~.~ !i ~ ~-~-~ 4~ :; ~" ~.~ , I SCHOOL AND SPORTS PAGES SPONSORED BY: *BORST COUNSELING SERVICES 240-9474 *EDWARD JONES Benjamin Pearson 981-1800 *FOUR SEASONS AUTO WASH 981-4454 *HASKIN CHIROPRACTIC CLINIC 981-0556 *N/WARREN TOWN & COUNTY NEWS 981-0406 *NORWALK FAMILY DENTISTRY 256-9000 *NORWALK LIONS CLUB 981-0432 *OPTOMETRIC ASSOCIATES 981-0224 *PHOTO PRINTING, INC 989-3251 *TRUBANK 285-4900