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The Ellsworth School Board met Oct. 11 to discuss a districtwide levy, member wages and more.

Here is what you need to know:

Districtwide levy

Board members set the total 2022 levy for taxable property within the district at $9,221,538. 


  • General school purposes: $6,537,615

  • Debt service: $2,197,541

  • Non-referendum debt: $336,382

  • Community service: $150,000

Board member wages

The yearly stipend for each School Board position was discussed and set.


  • President: $2,700

  • Vice President: $2,200

  • Clerk: $2,400

  • Treasurer: $2,400

  • Member: $2,100

All members will be reimbursed for travel expenses, housing, food and other miscellaneous items as costs arise.

Professional Learning Communities update

Several months ago, a Professional Learning Communities plan for 2021-2022 was approved by the board. District staff created the initiative to build the collective capacity of a successful school environment.

During Monday night’s meeting, the plan was reevaluated to improve student education, support staff efforts, reflect personnel turnover and match a “return to normal” phase.

The following is the updated version:

Activities and initiatives 

  • Solution Tree Trainings with multiple staff events. 

  • Internal evaluations: Staff feedback, redefined training and onboarding, data to drive student learning and more.

Targets for success

  • Improving team collaboration.

  • Professional discussions focused on truly improving.

  • Focus on student performance to drive improvements.

Student performance data

  • Looking at grade level exam scores, graduation rates, attendance and educational equity.

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