ACS photo thumbnailBy Robert L. Chakar, Jr., Ed.D.

On Friday, March 4th and Saturday, March 5th our Drama Club presented Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory to rave reviews. Under the direction of Elaine Peck, Lisa Valkavich, John Bernhardt, Jonathan Andrews and Sharon Tucker our students once again put on a wonderful musical performance.

We will be holding our Pre-K registration for any Andes child who will turn age 4 before December 1, 2016. This registration will be held in the Early Learning Center at 6 pm on Tuesday, April 12th. If you have not already received a packet from the school, please call 676-3166 to request yours.

On another note, as Andes moves through the month of March and into April, the Board of Education will be working diligently in finalizing a school budget for the community to vote on in May. As you may recall, the term “2% tax levy,” is really a “2% adjusted school tax levy.” Meaning, the amount of money that a school can request is based on an 8-step formula unique to its district. Currently, under the Governor’s levy limit, and under a simple majority vote, Andes will be allowed to request of its community a tax levy increase of 0.21%.

Lastly, as we finalize our budget request to the community, we are faced with State Aid funding similar to the 2007-2008 school year. All this, with climbing mandated costs in health care and retirement contributions. As always, your suggestions, questions, or comments are appreciated. Kindly feel free to contact my office at 676-3166 ext. 10. At Andes, our community of learners thanks you for your continued support of our children.~