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EDITORIAL: You have the power at annual meeting

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opinion New Richmond, 54017

New Richmond Wisconsin 127 South Knowles Avenue 54017

At the school district annual meeting on Monday, citizens -- not just school board members -- do the voting. This is the meeting where the 2013-14 budget is presented and adopted, and where the tax levy is set.

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Among the powers of the voting body of this meeting are the following, according to the Wisconsin Association of School Boards:

--Set board members' annual salaries or a payment based on each meeting attended

--Authorize payment of actual and necessary expenses of board members who travel in the performance of their duties

--Designate sites for school buildings

--Authorize the board to acquire real estate through purchase or condemnation

--Vote a tax for the operation of the schools, to create a capital expansion fund and for other purposes enumerated in s. 120.10

--Authorize the sale of school property

--Direct and provide for prosecution or defense of any legal action or proceedings in which the school district is interested

--Direct the board to furnish school lunches to district students and appropriate funds for that purpose

--Authorize the board to furnish textbooks to students under conditions prescribed by the meeting or school board

--Vote a tax to purchase vehicles or finance contracts for the use and services of transportation vehicles

Don't miss your chance to participate in your government. Attend the meeting at the New Richmond High School Auditorium at 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 16.

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