No referendum for Valpo schools this year
By Diane Kubiak Post-Tribune correspondent February 19, 2013 9:14PM
Updated: February 19, 2013 9:48PM
VALPARAISO — Voters in Center Township will not see a school tax referendum in 2013, Valparaiso School Board President Mark Maassel said Tuesday evening at the school district’s regular monthly meeting. “We don’t see the value or the urgency,” he said, noting that the cash-strapped district would have to pay for a special election.
He also said it would take about a year to work out the details, including whether to write a separate referendum to raise capital for the general fund.
Superintendent Michael Berta said he had several facility studies to finish before he could make recommendations to the board.
The board also directed Berta to pursue Student and Exchange Visitor Program certification. SEVIS certification would allow students living with Valparaiso families, vetted by Homeland Security, to attend Valparaiso schools.
The district loses several students a year — and the state support which goes with them— because the district lacks SEVIS certification.
The children are often with families here to avoid persecution in their homeland, for religious reasons, or because their families are here for other reasons.
The board also recognized the Science Bowl teams from Northview, Hayes-Leonard, Central and Flint Lake elementary schools for scoring in the top 10 at state competition. Northview students were state champions in the Red Class, a school-size category.