Pierz Schools Property Taxes to Stay Low
Dear Pierz Parents and Community Members~

December is the holiday season. But for the Business Offices in Schools, Counties and Cities, it is also the tax levy season. It takes a lot of work from key staff and a good understanding of our state finance systems to complete this job well. 

At Pierz Schools, the School Board and all of our employees take our responsibility for providing the best education at the best price very seriously. We constantly make judgments about what expenses are necessary. It’s been working. The end result of this frugal and united work culture, is that we are able to keep our local property taxes very low, yet still deliver heartfelt caring for children and top notch instruction. Families are moving into our district so their children can attend our schools. In total school property taxes, Pierz residents pay less than all other nearby districts and significantly lower than the state average. I invite you to Read More about our favorable tax situation on our website.

The School Board and I take a great deal of pride in delivering extraordinary outcomes with a business that does not need the money others need, to accomplish the same or even better things. This same value is found throughout our District. As a business, I cannot imagine assembling a better collection of custodians, cooks, secretaries, teachers, paras, bus drivers and leaders who not only do their individual jobs well, but also fulfill many other tasks to support each other and support children and deal with many unexpected challenges that are part of our business.

This is why we have emerged as an excellent school system at a terrific price. We all work with a sense of urgency and with great energy.

We work for your children. We work for your support. Those are our motivators. We thank you, as we know we need you, to continue to support our efforts.

I invite you to visit our website to get the facts about taxes . And feel free to reach out to me or the School Board with any questions. And feel free to reach out to me or the School Board with any questions.

Happy Holidays from all of us at Pierz Schools~

George Weber, Pierz Schools Superintendent
Facilities Committee Planning for the Future
First Meeting to Discuss Options for Possible April Bond Referendum

More than two dozen community members, staff, and school board members met Dec. 5 to discuss Pierz Public Schools facility needs. As members of the district’s Facilities Committee, they are tasked with defining facility needs, reviewing options to solve the needs, and making a recommendation to the school board to consider for a possible April bond referendum.  

“The participation was excellent,” said Patty Stangl, Pierz School Board Chair. “Community members asked great questions and helped us concentrate on our highest priority needs.” 

During the meeting, Superintendent George Weber reviewed key survey results, the school principals reviewed major facility challenges, the district’s architect and general contractor presented facility solution options, and community members asked questions and discussed issues in the community. Read More
*** DID YOU KNOW ? ***
The School Board will certify its 2018 levy in December.
The changes made to the levy from last year
will provide a 24.7% decrease in taxes to Ag land in the Pierz District!
Healy Highlights
Healy Students Give Back Big
The Blood Drive resulted in 59 pints of blood donated! Thank you to Mrs. LeBlanc and Miss Jindra and student coordinator Emma Otremba for organizing.

The Toy Drive at Healy raised $1,173.22. Congrats to Mr. Boman's Class for raising over $350 and earning first place with Mrs. Gruber's class coming in second earning over $220 dollars.
FFA Fruit Sales are a Success!
Every Fall, the Pierz FFA holds their annual fruit sale with a kickoff right before MEA weekend. The proceeds from this sale benefit the members by funding leadership camps and supplies for competitions. This year, FFA sold over 10,500 items or approximately 20,000 lbs! Fruit comes from Texas, Washington and California. We appreciate your support!
**Meet the Team**
(an ongoing feature highlighting our hardworking and all-around awesome staff!)
Most districts have a hard time finding and keeping one Speech Language Pathologist on staff full time - and if they do have one, many times they have to share the practitioner with another district. In Pierz, we are fortunate to have not one but two! Read More to find out how and why they came to call Pierz home.
Jessica Teske, M.S., CCC-SLP
I’m Jessica Teske, a speech-language pathologist (SLP) in the Pierz School District. This is my fourth year working in Pierz. I am impressed with the opportunities offered to students. In 2014, I was lucky enough to become part of the “Pioneer Family” and quickly realized what amazing and caring staff work in our district!
Maria Andrea, M.S., CCC-SLP
My name is Maria Andrea and I am a Speech-Language Pathologist for the Pierz School District. I am originally from Brainerd where I graduated from high school in 2009. I currently service Pierz students in the elementary and high school settings. I look forward to continuing my work as an SLP and raising our son as a Pierz Pioneer!
** FAQs **
Do I pay a lot for school taxes?
No. Residents of the Pierz School District are paying significantly less property taxes for schools than residents of surrounding districts and less than the state average. On average, approximately $2,664 per student in local property taxes are collected from Minnesota residents; $928 per student is collected from Pierz District residents.

In total school property taxes, Pierz residents pay less than all other nearby districts and less than the state average. 

Pioneer Elementary News
Science Museum at Pioneer
The Science Museum of Minnesota was onsite at Pioneer Elementary for a "Science Residency" for 4 days talking about Dinosaurs and more. First graders used their senses to identify dinosaur bones. Fifth graders learned about groundwater through hands-on experiments.
Kindergartner Christmas Cookies
Kindergartners had fun making Christmas Cookies with students in the Child Development Course at Healy High. Young and 'old' had so much fun!
Upcoming Events
Holiday Concert
Senior High Band and Choir will be performing at 7 p.m., on Monday, December 18 in the PAC.
Winter Break
No School December 25 - January 1. Winter Break...Enjoy!
Jazz Band Around Town
Healy students in Jazz I Band will be performing at the Pierz Villa and Harmony House from 12:45 p.m. until 3 p.m.Thursday, December 21.
Facilities Committee
Our next facilities planning meeting is at 6 p.m. Wednesday, January 3 in the High School Media Center.
Pierz Public Schools #484
District Office: 320.468.6458
112 Kamnic Street, Pierz, MN 56364