USD 257 to meet with Iola Council Monday


June 20, 2014 - 12:00 AM

Jack Koehn, USD 257 superintendent of schools, will speak with Iola City Council members Monday about potential city assistance with new school construction.

Board of Education members are considering asking the city to put a sales tax referendum before local voters to help supplement a future school bond issue.

School board members briefly approved language to put a public vote to a bond issue that would have funded construction of a new elementary school. That measure was rescinded after board members agreed the matter needed further investigation.

Like the sales tax hike, any bond issue also would be subject to voter approval.

ALSO ON the agenda for Monday’s meeting is further discussion on how the city can make up a projected $413,000 deficit related to the city-operated ambulance service for Allen County.

Council members also will hear budget requests for the city’s Gas, Water and Wastewater, Water, Electric Distribution, Electric Production, Purchasing, Recreation and administrative departments.

The 6 p.m. meeting, at the New Community Building at Riverside Park, is open to the public.

IN A RELATED matter, USD 257 school board members have pushed back their regular meeting to 6 p.m. Tuesday — one day later than normal — in order for Koehn to visit with the city.

The school board meeting will be at the USD 257 board office and is open to the public.