South Hamilton High School was one of the first 32 high schools to register for the 2015 Healthiest State Walk and has been entered into the #MascotWalk challenge! If victorious, South Hamilton schools can win $1000 to improve our school.
Here’s how it works:
32 schools will be put in a bracket and go head-to-head until one school remains. The bracket will be found on the Healthiest State Facebook page starting September 7: www.facebook.com/HealthiestIowa
Anyone with a Facebook account and over the age of 14 can vote for their favorite high school mascot on Facebook. Voting will occur weekly starting on Monday, September 7, at 8 a.m. The schools with the most votes that week will move on. Winners will be announced every Monday morning and the final winner will be announced by Friday, October 9. (The voting will officially end at 11:59 a.m. on October 7).
As one of the 32 finalists, we encourage you to get your mascot involved in your school’s Healthiest State Walk and be sure to take pictures! We’d love to see them on our Facebook page and be sure to include #MascotWalk when you post them!
Extending Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL)
WHAT IS BEING PROPOSED AS PER A PPEL LEVY EXTENSION?
As part of the September 8th 2015 election, referendum, and approval process district patrons will be asked to vote on a proposal to continue South Hamilton’s Voted PPEL beyond its existing sunset of June 30th, 2017. The levy rate is currently set at - and is proposed to stay at - up to $1.00 per thousand of taxable valuation for the purpose of providing funds for facility maintenance and upkeep, school transportation purchases, 1:1 computers/technology, activity venue upgrades, building additions, and major equipment purchases. The PPEL extension would be in effect for ten (10) years, at which time it would be discontinued or an election to renew it would be required.
If voters approve the PPEL extension, the South Hamilton Board of Directors will determine a specific annual amount of PPEL needed for the next fiscal year. The level set by the Board may range from $0 - $1.00 per thousand of taxable valuation, depending on needs for the following year.
WHY IS A PPEL EXTENSION BEING CONSIDERED?
Over the last 8-plus years, the district has utilized the funding derived from this particular levy to cover the costs of, and pay for, general facility maintenance, repair, and upkeep, school bus purchases, 1:1 computers/technology, activity venue upgrades, building additions, and major equipment purchases. These funds can only be used for facility and transportation-related equipment, repair, and maintenance. Funds from a PPEL cannot be used for salaries, instructional materials, textbooks, etc.
The reality that the district’s educational facilities continue to age and an increased call for improved transportation and district-wide technology; funds are needed to assure facilities are maintained at a level desired by patrons of the district.
Since PPEL are used for facility upkeep and transportation needs, the district cannot specifically identify what concerns may occur in any given year. The following are some of the projects we expect to be considered over the next several years:
• School vehicle and bus(s) Purchase
• Technology Upgrades and Infrastructure Needs and Ongoing Repairs
• Security Upgrades
• District-Wide Mechanical Upgrades
• Parking and Driveway Improvements
• Building Equipment Needs
• Various Operation and Maintenance Projects
- District Building Leasing Requirements
To download your order form: DOWNLOAD HERE.
**This form can be edited on your computer. Simply click in the space in which you would like to type and begin typing.
***THIS WILL NOT WORK IN FIREFOX unless you have an updated version of Adobe Reader installed on your computer--Chrome or Internet Explorer seem to work without any additional program installed
This the district Facilities Upgrade Power Point Presentation that has been converted to movie format. Please view it on YouTube HERE.
Drafted plans, renderings, and a compilation of potential costs may be found on the district website:
If more information is needed please call South Hamilton District Offices at 515-827-5479