315 West Grand

Hinton, IA 51024

Phone: 712-947-4329

Fax: 712-947-4427

planning. For example, Hinton School District is growing and will need to address this growth through a bond issue sometime in the future. The passage of the SILO extension will help us meet these needs and will help property taxes at the same time, as the amount of the bond issue will be lowered by the amount of the SILO funds that are used for a new facility.

Towards the end of this month you will be receiving a flyer in the mail explaining the School Infrastructure Local Option Sales Tax. If you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact Al Steen, superintendent at 947-4329.

By: Al Steen

 

On February 12 the patrons of Plymouth County will have the opportunity to extend the SILO (School Infrastructure Local Option) Sales Tax benefiting all the school districts in Plymouth County. Currently the SILO will expire in on June 30, 2014. By passing the extension, the SILO will remain in effect until the state sunset date of June 30, 2022, eight additional years.

This is not a new tax; it simply is an extension of the current county wide sales tax. SILO funds provide an alternative to property taxes for funding school buildings and certain capital expenditures. SILO funds can

only be used for construction, reconstruction, remodeling, repair, and for capital equipment like technology and transportation needs.

Our SILO fund has allowed us to remodel science rooms, remodel technology rooms, remodel restrooms, replace aging roofs, replace aging parking lots, upgrade technology, and replace aging vehicles in our bus fleet. Without these funds our tax levy would need to be drastically increased.

It is our hope to pass the extension of the SILO so all districts in the county can count on these funds for future

In an effort to help all of our students in grades 7-12 to be successful in school, we have started a Success Center. The center is staffed by a qualified tutor every morning (Monday through Friday) from 7:30 to 8:30AM and all day on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:30 AM until 3:30 PM. Any student who would like help with school work may come to the center to work with the tutor before school and during study halls. The center is equipped with computers and Internet access for students doing research and working on

papers.

We hope that parents will encourage their students to take advantage of this great opportunity.  If you have any questions about the Success Center, please call the high school office (947-4328).

By: Sue Martens

 

 

SILO Extension Vote February 12

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What’s happening in the Spanish classes?

3

7th Grade Social Studies

4

A “Legend” Among Us

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TAP?

6

High School Girls Track

7

Summer 2008 Driver Education

8

Soundwaves Season

9

Success Center

Hinton Community School

BLACKHAWK

FEBRUARy 2008

Volume 14 Issue 5

Mission Statement

A Community Dedicated To Developing Responsible Life Long Learners Prepared For Future Challenges.