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School Expenses May Qualify for Tax Credit PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, August 19 2010 10:55

With the arrival of August, families with school-aged children are paying school registration fees and starting to buy school supplies.  “Save those receipts!  The State of Iowa offers an income tax credit equal to 25% of your costs for qualified K-12 education expenses,” according to Mary Weinand, ISU Extension Family Resource Management Specialist. Examples of qualifying expenses:  school registration fees, required school supplies, and fees for extra-curricular activities.   The expenses must be related to coursework and activities at an accredited school.  Driver’s education fees qualify if they are paid to the school.  Expenses that do NOT qualify include: school lunches, transportation, and clothing for everyday wear


The tax credit is limited to $250 for each school-aged child, so qualifying expenses up to $1,000 per child can be included.   Weinand acknowledges that “the typical elementary-aged child in public school is more likely to have expenses of around $100,” but adds that if a family has two children, each with school-related expenses of $100, then the family will be eligible for a $50 tax credit.  The simple task of keeping track of school expenses will add $50 to their tax refund.  “Most families will find that it’s worth the small effort involved.  I don’t know very many people who would walk right past a $50 bill they found on the sidewalk!” quips Weinand.  She adds that as students move into high school, many will have larger school-related expenses, making the tax credit even more valuable to their families.


Weinand points out that there are some fine distinctions between expenses that qualify for the tax credit and those that do not.  For example, required clothing for extra-curricular activities can also be included, IF it is not suitable for wearing elsewhere.  With that in mind, football shoes qualify for the credit because the cleats make them inappropriate for anything other than football.  However, basketball shoes can be worn elsewhere, so they do not qualify.

For more information about the tax credit, and which expenses qualify, contact the Mary Weinand, Family Resource Management Program Specialist, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 319-385-8126 for a fact sheet that describes the details.

Last Updated on Thursday, August 19 2010 10:56
 
2010-2011 Traffic Flow and Parking at Washington Junior High PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, August 18 2010 11:12

As staff, students, and community return to school this year, Washington Junior High School will be implementing a new one-way traffic flow and parking plan. All traffic will enter via the north entrance off of South Avenue B and exit through the south entrance back onto South Avenue B. Buses only will be allowed to use the circle drive before and after school for student drop off. Parents are asked to drop off students in front of the building towards the south end before and after school.  Signs are posted marking all areas.

 

Due to construction of the new high school, many parking areas will not be accessible at the junior high. Lot parking during the day will only be available to staff members and visitors.  Handicapped parking will be available to patrons. No parking signs will be posted in front of the building along the curb during school hours. Parents and students will be asked to utilize street parking in front of the Halycon House but not in their parking lots.  Lines on the street mark legal parking in these areas.

Last Updated on Wednesday, August 18 2010 11:14
 
New Reading Series at Stewart PDF Print E-mail
Friday, August 13 2010 09:12

On August 12th, Stewart teachers spent the morning exploring our new Houghton Mifflin reading series. This training session prepared teachers to begin implementing the new series in the 2010-11 school year. We're looking forward to an exciting new year!

 
Stewart Teachers get their Master's PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, August 10 2010 08:19

July 12-15, 5 teachers from Stewart Elementary graduated from Viterbo University with their Master's Degree. They attended a week long graduation seminar in LaCrosse, WI. (Front L to R) Brooke Vittetoe (3rd grade), Bethany Bombei (3rd grade)  (Back L to R) Peg Litchfield (3rd grade), Jill Bader (Kindergarten), Dana Bangs (Kindergarten)

 
Lincoln Planning Day PDF Print E-mail
Monday, August 09 2010 12:07

 

Some of the teachers of Lincoln Elementary School met on Monday, Aug 2 for a Planning Day.  The main topic addressed was SCHEDULING; how to fine tune the class periods and times.  As a group, schedules were coordinated to make the most efficient use of students time.  Planning time for teachers was also coordinated so teachers that are teaming can now plan together more effectively.  Other topics discussed were: homework completion/ how to maximize, incorporating keyboarding into everyday use and student led conferences.  This is just one of the many things that are done before the school year starts to prepare for a smooth and productive year.  2010/ 2011 is going to be GREAT!

Last Updated on Monday, August 09 2010 12:09
 
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