I do want to address some of the information that is now being shared within the community through flyers, advertisements, and letters to the editor.  I, first of all, want to state that we value everyone’s opinions. However, there has been some criticism of the school board and myself in regard to accountability and transparency.  I am held accountable by seven publicly elected officials for any information that I communicate to the general public.  Much of this public information I am seeing out there has been openly discussed at the community meetings with school board members present with relevant answers given.  Anyone can make a public statement but is it true or is it misinformation to sway an opinion?  I have responded personally to anyone seeking further information on the bond and I will continue to do so to allow the general public to make an informed decision.

We have one more follow-up Open House from our community meetings. The Open House on July 20 starts at 7 p.m.  The starting point for the open house nights will be the high school media center. You would enter door #13 on the south side of the building complex and walk straight down the hallway to the high school media center.  We would invite you to come to look at the areas that have been described in the brochures and presentations for updates and replacements. 

I want to continue to caution you on the tax calculator located on our website.  Attempting to use this for ag land will not give you accurate information.  It states on the website to reach out to Ehlers directly with your questions on calculating the tax impact of ag land. Calculation of the tax impact on ag land is very complicated.  There are numerous factors that go into this calculation.  Here are the direct contacts for Ehlers:

Email them: info@ehlers-inc.com

Call them: 1-800-552-1171

I want to continue to make a standing offer on my part to be in attendance at the request of any individual or group of people that have questions on the bond referendum. I want to keep my calendar fairly open for the summer to attend to any requests. I do have standing meetings on my calendar so I cannot grant every request but I would like the opportunity to see if any other date would work.

If you have any questions or concerns do not hesitate to contact me or any of the building principals.  

 Greg Winter, Superintendent: gwinter@isd740.org

Chad Doetkott, High School Principal cdoetkott@isd740.org

Robert Anderson, Middle School Principal randerson@isd740.org

Terryl Pearson,  Elementary School Principal tpearson@isd740.org