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Ranchland Farm News (Newspaper) - February 9, 2015, Colorado Springs, Colorado Volume no. 107 Issue no. 4 thursday february 9, 2006 in a smiling because. A Valentines Day is coming Megan Newman Yoder death notice services for Albert Ragains will be at la am. On monday feb 13., at Miami Yoder school. There will be a family dinner at the school following the burial. Books for Africa or. Niggemann a 5th Grade class at Ellicott Middle school is asking the Ellicott Community to donate Money and Quality used textbooks for poor people in Africa. Books with changing subjects such As science cannot be Over 15 years old. The Only magazines accepted Are recent academic journals or National geographies. Please drop of monetary or Book donations at Ellicott Middle school. Valentine extravaganza Calhan 8 Grade students Are sponsoring a Valentine extravaganza from 5 30-10 p.m., sunday feb. 12. The Money raised will go to support some a a katrina victims. The event includes dinner comedy with Antoine Mckay and Chute nine. To Purchase tickets Call Josh 347-2921 Calhan school 347-2766 or Mary 570-7474, ext. 4024. Former Simla resident pleads guilty to theft Jenni Renzelman the Simla woman who was arrested on charges of theft pleaded guilty in a Douglas county courtroom on Jan. 26 to class 4 felony theft. As part of her sentencing Laura barns is currently serving 90 Days in jail and will have four years to pay Back the $209,279 she embezzled from can american drilling while employed As a bookkeeper at the Simla based company. According to Elbert county Deputy District attorney Derry Rice bams was also sentenced with four years of probation which will include full disclosure of her conviction to any future employers As Well As yearly audits of personal finances. Should bams be unable to repay the full amount of restitution in fours years. Rice said that the payment plan along with probation period could be extended. Barns was arrested by Simla police in january 2005 after owners of can America discovered that she had been manipulating the books and pocketing company funds from january 1999 to september 2004. A it involved hundreds of transactions. She was taking Money in various different ways a Rice reported. At the time bams was arrested Tramayne Johnson manager of can America told the ranch land news that Bamst criminal actions came not just As a Shock but As a personal betrayal. A we trusted her with our books. She had been working with us since 1996 and her family was friends with our family a Johnson said. A she always presented us with books that looked Good. We never had reason to doubt her or question her everything looked Good but it was made up representatives of can America said that Bamst Short length of jail time was disappointing. Falcon Board creates fund for Mill Levy override dollars blast from the past 16 classifieds 38-41 Community scope 2 editorials 2 student of the week 21 letters to the editor 4 Little bits to obituaries 13 Public notices 31-37 school menus 15 school news 12 service directory 42-43 sports 23-30 correspondents Calhan a a Good Sam 14 Edison 12 i Hanover 13 Ellicott 18 Yoder 15 Rush 15 Ramah a a by John Hilt to expedite monitoring of tax Revenue generated by the passage of the Mill Levy override last november the Board of directors of Falcon school District d49 feb. 2 voted unanimously to create fund 46 for dollars specifically for new construction of three schools and improvements at other Sites. Financial director Lisa Schneider said the fund will permit a task Force established to Monitor spending of the tax Revenue to account for the Revenue. The Board approved a refunding parameters Resolution for a Bond series from 2002. Schneider said the Resolution will decrease an interest rate to 3.8 percent. The change will save taxpayers about $1.2 million she said. A representative of the bonding company said the new interest rate is a really Good news. The bonding company amended the present value savings to 2.95 percent to give a that Little extra room she said. The school District is expected to move up in its Bond rating when the Community develops a a More diversified tax base a she said. Director Dave Martin said the new interest rate and the resultant savings is a an accolade to our finance department. Superintendent Steven Hull said partially because of the voter approved Mill Levy override additional Revenue is projected from different sources. Hull said the Money a will be available to us that is not part of the $80.5 one is Revenue from an annual tax payment expected to be More than $50,000. Hull said the District should receive another $ 1.8 million in earned Revenue related to the construction. He proposed using $300,000 of that Revenue for construction management. Another is specific ownership tax Revenue from the county of about $530,000 per year. Hull proposed using a combination of the revenues $1.5 million from the interest and part of the annual specific ownership taxes Revenue to build a fourth new school an elementary school to be built at a site to be determined. The Board took no action on the items. Dave Porter of strategic resources West said the projected number of school students from the Banning Lewis ranch development at build out is 6,641. Porter said the company has incorporated data about developments in the school District and other information in software programs to predict school District needs. Porter said the Banning Lewis housing projects might produce 8.000-9,000 elementary students in the school District. Porter said software necessary to compile the projections has been available since the 1990s. In other action the Board please see Falcon Page 2 Jenni Renzelman ranch and new Lucky dog students of Calhan elementary gathered around a Raven a guide dog who visited the school feb. 2 along with her owners and representatives from leading with love an organization in Colorado Springs that helps to train service and therapy dogs for those with disabilities. County extends opt out for proposed rec District by Jenni Renzelman the proposed recreation District and swimming Pool for the Eastern Plains will not be included on any May ballots but could still be on a november ballot if enough resident support is evident. At a Public hearing with Elpaso county a Board of commissioners feb. 2, representatives of the proposed District were instructed to extend the time period allowed for residents to request exclusion from the District and submit an amended service plan which would be reviewed and discussed at another Public hearing scheduled for april 6. The recreation District is being proposed by Calhan Community development inc. Cd nonprofit organization that has thus far worked to raise funds to build a swimming Pool through numerous fundraisers Public donations and Grant writing. The proposed District would include residents of Elpaso county w within the school districts of Calhan. Big Sandy Miami Yoder and Peyton. Property owners with parcels of 40 acres or More zoned or assessed As agricultural Are automatically excluded from the District. One of the main Points of Contention at the hearing last week involved the mailing of the Public notice informing residents of the hearing and their option to opt out of the District. Though the mailings and notice were in accordance with guidelines set by statutory Law some argued that the outside of notification was poorly labelled with no return address and a Calhan school District Quot on the mailing stamp. For that reason opponents who spoke at the hearing said they just threw the notification away without Ever Reading it. Cd chairman Bob Selle who is also superintendent of Calhan schools explained that the Calhan school District non profit stamp was used for the mailing though cd paid the postage charges. Over 4,000 notifications were mailed out Jan. 13 and 192 petitions from residents requesting that they be excluded from the District were received by the designated deadline Date of Jan. 23. Three requests were received after the noted deadline one of which came from commissioner Douglas Bruce regarding property he owns in the Peyton Pines. The number of exclusion requests represents about five percent of the tax base within the proposed boundaries for the District. Additional of outs could necessitate some financial reconfiguration and would possibly mean a higher Mill Levy should the Issue make it to voters in the november election. 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