This September, voters who live within the boundaries of the River Valley Community School District will have an opportunity to vote on a Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL).
Through a PPEL, Iowa school districts like ours can ask voters to approve a 10-year levy increase that does not exceed $1.34 per every $1,000 of assessed property value. In placing a PPEL on the ballot this fall, the board is looking to address several important needs throughout the River Valley CSD.
First and foremost are the safety and security of our schools, students and staff. As we all have become aware, the security needs of schools are constantly changing. And, while our schools are currently very safe thanks to measures we've already implemented, we believe we must do everything we can to ensure this remains true well into the future.
To that end, the district would use potential PPEL funds to make key upgrades——including a new camera system and door lockdown improvements—that would continue to ensure our school buildings are safe and secure.
In addition, some of our buildings need new flooring and other classroom improvements. Other plans call for making parking lot improvements and a new drive at River Valley Junior/Senior High School that would make for more efficient pick-up and drop-off for families and reduce traffic congestion.
Improved energy efficiency is another area of focus for the district. Plans call for upgraded HVAC systems and new ceilings, the purpose of which is to save money on utility costs and extend the lifespan of district facilities.
In addition, the PPEL would help fund enhanced technology resources for students, providing more access to technology. This would include new interactive SMART Boards, computers and science lab equipment that provides for hands-on experiences that boost engagement and builds problem-solving skills for students.
Finally, the district and board have prioritized improving efficiencies in the area of transportation. PPEL funds would allow the school district to make upgrades to its current fleet, which includes eight buses and nine other vehicles used for student transportation, along with a truck and plow for snow removal.
In the coming weeks, we will continue to provide more information to the River Valley community as we approach the PPEL vote on September 11. Below, you can find more information and answers to frequently asked questions.
We look forward to an informative and productive conversation as we continue to plan for the future of our local public schools and students.
July 26, 2018
Dear River Valley School Parents/Guardians:
Welcome to the start of another school year at River Valley Community Schools. We are offering online registration again this year as well as a new way to pay online. Paying online is optional. We will also be offering times at school for traditional registration options.
Here is some important information concerning registration.
If you are going to be out of town and can’t make it to registration either of these nights, you may stop in the Correctionville office to get registered.
The traditional registration packets will not be mailed home because of the online registration this year with PowerSchool. If you’ve had a PowerSchool Parent Account set up in the past you will use your login and password to log in to PowerSchool E-registration. If you do not have a parent account yet, we will set you up with one at registration.
We have included the Free and Reduced lunch forms so you can return these at registration. If you need help in completing this form, contact Marlo Jepsen or Jill Johnson, secretaries at the Jr./Sr. High School and Elementary School, respectively. They will be happy to assist you.
Class lists and calendars will be available at registration. Bus and shuttle routes will be sent out the week after registration.
Classes will begin for students in grades 6th- 12thon Thursday, August 23, 2017. Students in grades TK-5 will have Family Orientation Meetingson Thursday, August 23 instead of regular classes. This will allow for students and parents to bring their items to school, get acquainted with their classroom teacher(s), walk the halls, and visit with other parents. Please see the reverse side for more information.
School Start Information Summary
Monday, August 6
12:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, August 7
5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Pre-School Visits: Aug 23rdand 24th
As we begin this year we will be focusing on creating effective and positive transitions for students and parents at each level. The first day of school will be similar to last year’s schedule.
The pre-school home visits will be scheduled for Thursday, August 23rdand Friday, August 25th. The first day of school for Preschool students will occur on Monday, August 27. The Preschool teachers will be sending home a letter to their families in early August to schedule the home visits. We do have room in our Preschool for further registrations. Please contact the Elementary office at 447-6318 or the High School office at 372-4656 to leave your name and contact information.
Family Orientation Meetings for TK-5:
TK through 5th grade will have Family Orientation Meetings on Thursday, Aug. 23rd The conferences will take place from 9:00am to 6:00pmwith your child's teacher. Please bring your child with you to the conference and also bring in your school supplies. You will have an opportunity to hear more about what your child can expect at school this year while getting to know their teacher and new classroom. The class lists will be posted and parents will have the opportunity to sign up for conference times at registration on August 4th and 5th. The first day of regular classes for TK-5th grade will occur on Friday, Aug. 24.
School Registration will be Aug. 6th!
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