HANSEN• Residents decided to step up to help the Hansen School District by approving a two-year $190,000 supplemental levy.
Voters passed the levy 61 percent (269) to 39 percent (173).
The news puts a smile on the face of Superintendent Susan Scherz, because just two months before, on March 12, voters rejected the proposed levy.
“We’re ecstatic,” she said Tuesday night.
The district decided to gear up, inform the community better about why the levy was needed, and try again. It paid off, even though Scherz said there was a force in the community that still was opposed the levy.
The district placed commercial signs and banners in town, held public meetings, and called residents to remind them about voting. And, she said, the district received more positive responses from residents this time around.
“We worked hard to cover all our angles,” she said.
The levy, which will cost taxpayers $17.60 per year for every $10,000 in home value, will help the district with school supplies and to cover basic operating costs such as heating and air conditioning and building maintenance.
Scherz previously told the Times-News that if the levy failed to pass, staffing cuts could become a possibility, though she’d do everything in her power to avert such cuts. Because the levy passed, she’s more confident the district will be able to retain its staff — though it likely will do so through attrition. It also will “keep costs low by maximizing our resources.”
“I give a lot of thanks to the community, the school board, teachers and staff for putting in a lot of their own time to support this effort,” she said.