It is a big year of transition as almost a dozen new teachers become faculty members for the Hudson Community School District! We are excited with the energy and enthusiasm of our new teachers and encourage you to get to […]
ATTENTION 2016-17 7th Grade Students (parent/guardian must attend): During the evening open house on Aug. 22th, seventh graders (and 7-12 students new to the district) must attend the Connected Learning Roll Out meeting at 6:00P.M. in the junior high auditorium. All paperwork and a $50 deposit will need to be completed […]
Hudson Schools has moved to a more advanced calendar system. The cloud-based Activity Scheduler is the top software for automating all of our scheduling and administrative functions. It also provides a very powerful Web calendar for the whole district, and […]
Dr. Voss was awarded the UNI Educational Leadership Legacy Award at a short ceremony on May 19th. Members of the UNI Ed Leadership faculty presented Dr. Voss with a plaque and gift congratulating him on his accomplishments and his commitment […]
Article by Hudson Herald staff Spanish teacher Dawn Frye received an award recently she never saw coming. It walked right through her Hudson high school classroom door on April 20, brought by co-sponsors, the R.J. McElroy, Trust and KWWL, who […]
On May 11th, at the Senior Awards Assembly, the Hudson Educational Fund awarded 41 scholarships to 35 deserving students for a total of $23,650. Thank you to our generous HEF donors who continue to impact the futures of so many […]
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Education in Iowa Public Schools
Dr. Anthony D. Voss, Superintendent of Schools
|High school auditorium carpet and painting funded |
through SAVE. Completed summer of 2016.
When the General Assembly convened last January, the governor proposed in his Condition of the State address to use a portion of the growth of the SAVE fund to improve water quality in our state. This proposal was partially in response to a lawsuit the Des Moines waterworks filed against 3 north Iowa counties they allege have contributed to high nitrate levels in drinking water. In addition to this, improved water quality is expected to reduce the 'dead zone' in the Gulf of Mexico. Water quality became part of our collective conversation during the last legislative session and had many different groups weighing in on the subject. In fact, our own FFA outlined the issue in competition this last spring with a great deal of success. Everyone wants clean water! But in spite of that, the governor's proposal was not well received by Republicans or Democrats in either chamber of the legislature.
This is not the first time that voters have had an opportunity to weigh in on matters of taxation in Iowa. You may recall in 2010 Iowans voted to set up a constitutionally protected trust fund for the purposes of protecting and enhancing water quality. That's right, water quality was an issue brought before the voters. The trust is to be funded by 3/8 of one penny the next time sales tax is increased. One could implicitly argue that voters agreed at that time to raise the sales tax. The trouble is, the trust has never been funded.
So, it would appear that we have two issues of taxation where voters weighed in: water quality and how SAVE is to be allocated. And in both instances, action is being taken or proposed that seems to be contrary to the wishes of the voters.
That is the reason why our board has identified the preservation and protection of the statewide penny for school infrastructure and further supports the repeal of the 2029 sunset of this penny. Because without this funding stream, many of the projects, upgrades, and renovations that we have completed now and in the future would not be possible.
Don't forget to vote November 8!