The Stewartville School District's tax levy is expected to increase by $197,000, or about 4.2 percent, for 2021. Dan Schroeder of School Management Services, the district's business manager, told the School Board last week that the district's preliminary levy for 2021 is about $4.9 million, up from a $4,700,890.77 levy for 2020. Rebecca Wortman, School Board chair; and members Nichol O'Neill, Lori Miller-Beach, Dean Mikel, Will Welch, Ryan Ravenhorst and Todd Emanuel all approved the preliminary levy. The levy is increasing in large part because the Stewartville School Board is committed to building a new Zumbro Education District (ZED) facility for students with special needs, Schroeder said. The Board, at a regular meeting last June, voted 6-0 to ratify a vote it took in November 2019 to approve the construction plans... For more on this story pick up your copy of the Oct. 6 Stewartville STAR.