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Page 2 December 19th 2013 Commentary, Trade and:: Notices Valley News and Views Though greeted with hostility by the legislative leadership, Governor Jack Dalrymple appointed a talented 14-member Task Force on Property Tax Reform to take a look at the North Dakota property tax. In its initial meeting, some members of the Task Force were impressed with the array of specific mill levies authorized for everything from social services to cemeteries. But talk about the plethora of mill levies is skirting the real issues begging for reform. There are bigger fish to fry in property tax reform. One is the gross inequities in farmland assessment. The detailed analysis of property assessments by University of Nebraska and North Dakota State University researchers published in 2007 is as valid today as it was years ago even though land prices have increased radically since then. In fact, they noted that tax inequities were prevalent in counties experiencing escalating prices. That's exactly what we have today. The study pointed out that inequities existed within counties as well as among counties. That means taxpayers within the same county or school districts are paying other people's taxes. The researchers claimed that "the county-level productivity valuation approach does not appear to workparticularlywellin areas of either rapidly changing land values resulting from rapidly changing agricultural practices or increasing levels of recreational and hunting- based land purchases." In the meeting of another committee, Senator Dwight Cook of Mandan expressed concern over the 3-year period during which local assessors were assessing without having completed the certification process. The2007reportunderlined this issue by pointing out that major reason for the inequities in farm land assessments could be traced to the inability of county directors of tax equalization to adjust or apportion county land values to township assessment districts. This suggests that the Reform Task Force consider ways to shorten the certification process and increase the content of the coursework. More state funding to overcome the time lag would be helpful. Another subject worth the Task Force's attention is the inequitable assessment in small communities. The smaller the town the bigger the problem. While residences in smaller cities in western North Dakota have gained value from the oil boom, many in .smaller. towns are over-assessed because they have a market value so low that any assessment looks extravagant. The two most usable methods for assessing residential property are market and cost depreciated. Neither works in communities where there are no buyers and houses are so old that cost depreciated is speculative. Assessors are required to grab a figure out of the air. Use of the textbook methods taught in assessor school, if applied to unmarketable ancient residences, leads to over- assessment. A third problem worth attention is the practice of communities giving away the tax base as a gimmick for economic development. This usually involves a five or 10-year forgiveness of property taxes as a part of a package deal offered on the promise of a rosier picture of new jobs than is ever delivered. Unfortunately, every city and state is doing it, meaning that communities and states get into bidding wars in which the only winner is the recipient of the tax break. Meanwhile, the hometown taxpayers end up paying for the subsidy through higher property taxes to keep public services functioning. The Dalrymple Task Force is seeking transparency. This game could use some. As a former tax commissioner and chair of the state Board of Equalization, I could continue but the editor has other items of more interest to readers. I am not on Facebook. My E-mail is Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich, by promising to protect each from the other. -Oscar Ameringer Regular Meetings November 12th 2013 This is a record of the proceedings of the regular meeting of the Drayton School Board that was held November 12, 2013, at the school at 7:00 PM. Members present: Hatloy, Emanuelson, Larson, Brosuis, Littlejohn Members absent: None Also Present: Hy Schlieve, Judy Stellon, Mathew Rarick Presiding: Hatloy Hatioy called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm. Larson made a motion to approve the agenda as presented by Supt. Schlieve. Littlejohn seconded the motion, and upon vote, the motion carried unanimously. Littlejohn made a motion to approve the consent agenda, September 10, 2013 regular board meeting and mandatory Tax Levy Review meeting minutes, September, October and November financial reports, bills and quarterly reconciliation report as presented by Stellon. Littlejohn seconded the motion, and upon vote, the motion carried Supt. Schlieve presented communications from the following: 1. NDSBA Dues Restructuring 2. Pembina County Auditor 3. Stegman Family 4. ND Department of Emergency Services 5. DPI - Title Ila Funding 6. ND Department of Transportation 7. DPI - Sequestration/Shut Down 8. NDHSAA - Super Regional 9. DPI - AYP Information Dissemination 10. Email - DPI re State Assessment 11. Title II Grant Award 12. Global Safety 13. DPI - Access Score Cap Reports were given for the following items: • North Valley Career Tech Center • Pembina Special Education Board • Walsh - Pembina Administrators • NE NDASA • Pembina County Educators • PSEC/UV Cooperation • RRVEC Administrative Board • RRVEC Governing Board • Coop Board • Transportation Report • NDCEL • NDSOS Board • NDSBA Conference • NDSBA Legal Seminar • Hot Lunch • Student Activities Matt Rarick presented the board with possible options for the prom committee. After a lengthy discussion: Littlejohn made a motion to continue with prom as in the past and reward the prom committee members that did all the work. Due to lack of a second, motion failed. Larson made a motion to accept the second reading of policy for Section A, Descriptor Codes; ACBD, ACBD-E1, ACBD-E2, ACBD-E3, ACBD-E4, ACBD-E5, ACBD-E6, ACBD-E7, ACBD-E8, ACBD-E9, ACBD-E10, ACBD-E11 and ACBD- R. Emanuelson seconded the motion, and upon vote, the motion carried unanimously. Superintendent Schlieve presented the following policies for First Reading; ABBA, FAAA-E, FACB-E, FACB-E2 and FGA-E3. Supt. Schlieve presented the following policies for distribution; DBD, DBD-E, FCA, FCA-E and FCBD. Larson made a motion to approve the pledge of securities provided by KodaBank. Emanuelson seconded the motion, and upon vote, the motion carried unanimously. Littlejohn made a motion to accept the 2012-2013 Audit Report and approve payment to W.W. Weispfenning CPA's. Brosius seconded the motion, and upon vote, the motion carried unanimously. Littlejohn made a motion to approve an open enrollment application from the Grafton School District. Larson seconded the motion, and upon vote, the motion carried unanimously. Brosius made a motion to accept the proposal from Supt. Jaszczak of Kittson Central regarding open enrollment weighted payment as follows; kindergarten at 0.612, grades 1-3 at 1.115, grades 4-6 at 1.06 and grades 7-12 at 1.30. Littlejohn seconded the motion, and upon vote, the motion carried unanimously. Emanuelson made a motion to approve an Ergonomic grant application. Littlejohn seconded the motion, and upon vote, the motion carried unanimously. Larson made a motion to approve a school security grant from the Dept. Of Emergency Services and Homeland Security in North Dakota. Emanuelson seconded the motion, and upon vote, the motion carried unanimously. Littlejohn made a motion to accept the audit report from the state of North Dakota and authorize payment. Brosius seconded the motion, and upon vote, the motion carried unanimously. Discussion was held on the 2014- 2015 school 6alendar. No action was taken. Setting a date for a special meeting for the Strategic Plan Review was tabled. It was the consensus of the board to complete the annual formative evaluation of the superintendent on-line next month. Deadline for the evaluation is December 15. Larson and Hatloy agreed to serve for negotiations. Supt. Schlieve reviewed the following items: • Important Dates: Available on the DPS Website at www.drayton. • Knight's Herald/Blue Knights" Notes/Superintendent's Monthly Report • November Monthly Reading Topics: Three articles from the May 2013 edition of Educational Leadership and all three touch on the subject of negative effects of poverty on learning. October Monthly Reading Topics: "Handling Student Handbooks" by Leander Dolphin and Anne Littlefield, "MOOC's go to K12" by Nancy Jackson and "Hunting the Whole Enchilada" by Dian Schaffhauser". • Building Projects Update • Extended School Day Program Update • ITV Equipment Update • Site Assessment Visit • Teacherage Bathroom • Hot Lunch Changes • Ice Machine • Fulltime Substitute • School Election • Custodian • Christmas Gifts There being no further business before this Board, Littlejohn made a motion to adjourn this meeting. Brosius seconded the motion, and upon vote, the motion carried unanimously. This record of the proceedings of this meeting is subject to review and change at the next regular board meeting to be held December 10, 2013 at 7:00 AM. Mark Hatloy Judy Stellon Expenditures AFLAC 1,260.38 AGRI-VALLEY - GRAND FORKS 566.70 ASSURANT EMPLOYEE BENEFITS 486.85 B CLEAN SUPPLY, INC 64.00 BC/BS OF ND 11,026.20 BIG JIM'S TIRE UP NORTH 164.33 BLUE CROSS/ BLUE SHEILD OF ND 906.00 CAPSTONE PRESS, INC. 767.59 CITY OF DRAYTON 534.45 COLE PAPER INC 79.99 DISCOVERY BENEFITS, INC 1,240.13 DISCOVERY • BENEFITS, INC 3,216.21 DISCOVERY BENEFITS, INC 60.00 ED'S LAWNcARE 265.00 EDMENTUM 7,652.96 EDUTECH 50.00 EXPRESSWAY INN 329.30 EXPRESSWAY SUITES 224.10 EXPRESSWAY SUITES 448.20 Hundreds of Norwegian Americans -- many from North Dakota (ND) -- will be celebrating Norway's 200th anniversary of its Constitution and will gather in Oslo's Frogner Park in July 2014 to memorialize the 100-year history of ND's sculptured gift of President Abe Lincoln's bust to honor the Homestead Act and the immigration from Norway. The gift-idea originated when ND Governor Louis Hanna was inspired by attending the 50th anniversary at Gettysburg in 1913, learning more about Lincoln's role as president that impacted ND, such as homesteading, and recognizing that an entire regiment of Union soldiers from Wisconsin were Norwegian immigrants. Gov. Hanna raised money from the legislature to commission talented 21-year old Valley City student, Paul Felde, to sculpture the bust. Felde became a prominent artist as a professor, directorship in Art Institutes nationally and well-known sculptor internationally. It was reported that 20,000 Norwegian Americans revisited Norway in 1914. The delegation included former Grand Forks Herald founder and editor George B. Winship, who sent frequent reports via cablegram to the newspaper, according to ND Historical Society accounts. Winship reported in a July 4 cablegram that "the presentation of the statue further cements the friendship between Norway and the United States, and especially North Dakota, about one-third of the population of which is Norwegian." The image of Lincoln in Frogner Park has sustained itself as an honoring event for independence and equality, even during WWII, as described in NO Historical reports. "During Germany's occupation of Norway in World War II, the Lincoln bust became the site of silent anti-Nazi protests. Each July 4 beginning in 1940 until the war ended in 1945, Norwegians gathered at the site by the thousands, their heads bowed in silence. Typically, the Germans forbade anypublic gatherings or demonstrations, but did not halt this annual event." 2014 will be a banner year for travelers to visit Norway with century celebrations of Norway's constitution declaring itself an independent nation. With today's smart phones and bloggers, the numbers of viewers next year will likely be exponential to the onsite visitors. Several groups are being organized through Brekke Tours in Grand Forks, ranging from Norwegian American HistoricalAssociation, family groups, and personalized adventures, such as Lauraine Snelling's "Discovering Ingeborg's Roots." Lauraine will accompany the escorted tour along the spectacular fjords in the homeland of the author's real life relative, upon which the fictitious central character in her "Red River" series of novels is based. Lauraine will lead the tour for 45 travelers, drawing from followers of "Blessing ND" based at the Historical Museum at Drayton and her fan-based network from her 80 published works. Her tour will begin in Oslo, including the wreath laying at Frogner Park, where throngs will attend the annual event of the Lincoln statue. Some great grandchildren of the original delegation plan to attend. Lauraine's tour will wind through the most scenic parts of Norway's fjord country, spend two days in the beautiful Aufland Valley to visit sites where her family Norwegian roots originated and on to Bergen for departure. The tour dates are Friday, June 27 to Sunday, July 6. One hundred years ago, reports of the Lincoln "gift tour" were sent by cable to the Herald to engage readers of the events. Plans for Lauraine's tour next summer include "blogging" a daily account with a few photos of her search for her roots, and dessert "circles" following dinner to discuss her notes, possibly for a new book. "Discovering (Family) Roots" will .involve many tour members to search their own heritage genealogies. As a tour member, I plan to stay on in Norway for a week or so with some of my grand children, to visit three sites (and relatives) where the family name originated, dating back to the year 800 in pre-Viking times. What an adventure that can be and what a "gift" to document for future generations. EXPRESSWAY SUITES 448.20 EXPRESSWAY SUITES (224.10) EXPRESSWAY SUITES (448.20) GRAFTON AUTO ELECTRIC 81.90 GRAND HOTEL 138.60 GREEN, SUSAN 268.94 HALCROW'S INC 884.42 HUGO'S #10 8.24 JACKSON, AARON 65.00 JOHNSTON, LINDA 63.00 JPMORGAN 4,461.25 JPMORGAN (4,461.25) KELLY'S COUNTRY STORE 103.39 KORNKVEN, MICHELLE 300.58 LAQUINTA INN & SUITES 298.80 LEE, RACHEL 273.93 LEE, RACHEL 273.93 MERRILL, LINDA 214.87 MERRILL, LINDA 74.50 MERRILL, LINDA 68.47 MERRILL, LINDA 214.87 NARDINI FIRE EQUIPMENT CO. 133.50 ND CENTER FOR DISTANCE EDUCATION 65.00 ND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES RETIREMENT 2,371.43 ND TEACHER FUND FOR RETIREMENT 20,799.19 NDASFAA COUNSELOR WORKSHOP 10.00 NORTH VALLEY CAREER-TECH 1,329.00 NORTH VALLEY CAREER- TECH 8,272.00 NORTHDALE OIL, CO. 2,522.69 OFFICE OF STATE AUDITOR 165.00 OFFICEMAX INCORPORATED 6.79 OI-FERTAIL POWER CO 4,208.23 PARKER, CHERYL 453.00 PEMBINA CO SPECIAL ED COOP2 6,2 5 0.0 0 PEMBINA COUNTY MEALS & TRANSPORTATION 340.00 POLAR COMMUNICATIONS 258.49 POLLESTAD, LINDSAY 376.96 PRINCIPAL CENTER, THE 249.00 RALSTON, DEAN 362.70 RALSTON, DEAN 110.04 RATCHENSKI, RAICHL 376.96 RATCHENSKI, RAICHL 376.96 SAM'S CLUB 174.68 SAM'S CLUB 49.92 SCHLIEVE, HY C.J. 1,044.66 SCHOLASTIC EQUIPMENT COMPANY, 612.77 LLC SCHUMACHER, REBEKAH 357.46 STATE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF ND 85.00 STEIN'S INC 75.52 TEACHER DIRECT 34.82 US BANK4,461.25 VALLEY BUILDING CENTER12.36 VALLEY NEWS & VIEWS 261.53 VALLEY- EDINBURG HIGH SCHOOL 3,360.00 VERIZON WIRELESS 144.51 WATERS, APRIL 376.96 WATERS, APRIL 376.96 WEBSTER, SCO-I-F 271,850.00 ASSOCIATED POTATO GROWERS, INC 20.00 BLUE RIBBON MAINTENANCE SUPP. 517.87 CASS CLAY CREAMERY, INC 1,350.95 KELLY'S COUNTRY STORE 92.40 ND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES RETIREMENTC 528.63 SAM'S CLUB 173.95 U.S. FOODSERVlCE INC 7,197.04 SCHOOL DISTRICT ANNUAL FINANCIAL REPORT FOR PUBLICATION NORTH DAKOTA DEPARTMENT OF PUBUC INSTRUCTION OFFICE OF SCHOOL FINANCE AND ORGANIZATION SFN 7616 (06-08) TO COUNTY SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS OR DESIGNEE Name and AddreSs of Offimal Newspaper of the School OtrCt r L Valley News and Views, 104 N Main St, Drayton, ND 58225 The pubhsher ts requested to send a copy of the pub;mhed statemen! and the ling for publcatXl to '.me. BusrH-m$sMan..r ShooO,stt.,Nam. andNufflbet '108 S ,,h ''''T',, Judy Stellon o,yton us 34-os Scnd O.,:td.,., Drayton r Beginmng Fund Revenue Explmdtures [ Ending Fund Balance July 1. Balance June 30 2012 2013 Gane Fund .... ,7.677 2a" 2.464i : ...... 21661666::i.- aa0:673 Oo High SChOOJ Tuition 0 00 0 00 0 O0  0 00 " H,gh School Transportabon ............................................................................. 000 000 0 O0 i 0 O0 : .................................................... 0 00 ........................................... Judgement 0 00 0 00 0 00 i A,,,, .......................... 0b0 ........... 0 o0 ! o 0o  o oo i ................................ ............................ : .................  ........................... J, Technology 0 00 000 : O 00 i 0 00 RemoOen, 0 00 000 i 0 00 0 00 Aiiarnat e Edi.;. g;a., ....... 00- ............ 01o0 .................. oloo[ ......... o 0o ............................ ., ............  ........... _ .............. , General Fund (01} 927,577 28 2454 661 84 2 5S1.566 12 830 673 00 Beginning Fund Revenue Expenditures Ending Fund Balance July 1. : Balance June 30. 2012 i 2013 s.i R,,.,re ,,nd Po2i ................................. 0oo: ............... o Do .........................  i o DO C..pda, Projec Futld Group i03) ............................................................. 57 918 0 '3.311 97 I'9.617 0" ............. 48,386 12 Food Serves Fund Group (05) -256 9 ....... 132.739 44 ........... ;13;54S 7" ............ 5 3i Student Activ es Fund Group () ....... 000 + ........... 000 ' ........................... 000  ................................... 000 Tr,,st and Agenonmum Fund (0-7) ooo ooo 000 0oo .......... ........................................... s o ....... 3ENERAL iNFORMATION CONCERNING CH OL DISTRICT DEBTAS OF JUNE :0. 2013 t Bonds Outstanding 3150.00000 2 CerficBtes of Indebtedness Outstand g 0 00 3 Amount Owed to the State Schoo! Co-strucbon Fund 0 00 3 150 00000 4 TOTAL INDEBTEDNESS OF DISTRICT - Total of I*nes 1-3 t do solemnly swear/hat to the best of my knowledge and behef the mformaton within s a ttue and correct statement of ati revenue and expend lures of the schoo, dis'ict X  JJ") ........ ;-oo ..... This mporl is found coffect in even/particular and is hereby approvad g Signature o Schoo Board Preaiont : Community First- "Living together,san a . ' William Pickens