The Senior Tax Exchange Program (STEP) was established by the Mineral Point School District in 2014 to increase volunteering of senior citizens in the schools. Qualifying senior citizens will receive a small stipend to be used to help reduce their property tax bill. The emphasis of the STEP volunteer program is to provide direct help in the instructional areas of reading and math, although other opportunities exist for volunteering.
- Age 55 or older.
- Primary residence in the Mineral Point School District and pays property taxes to the district.
- Annual family income as defined by last years Federal Income Tax Form 1040A, Line 21, of less than $70,000.
- Payment of $6.50 per hour.
- Maximum of 66 hours per calendar year.
- Payment of $6.50 per hour times 66 hours will be $429.00, which is the largest amount an individual can make before being subject to Social Security taxes. Please note that any amount you earn is still considered taxable income.
- Compensation is a two-party check to the individual and the municipality they live in.
- Before payment, a minimum of 20 volunteer hours is required.
- Reimbursement will occur the last week of December for all work completed in the calendar year that is 20 hours or more.
- Timesheets are stored at the Mineral Point School District office.
- Each STEP volunteer is responsible to turn in his/her timesheet at the District Office. 3. The STEP volunteer is encouraged to make a copy of the time sheet.
- STEP volunteers will be recruited via news releases, notices, and word of mouth.
- Interested senior citizens will fill out an application.
- An interview will be conducted by an administrator.
- If a match is made the STEP volunteer and principal, or designated staff, determine when the STEP volunteer will begin work.
- Each year all existing STEP volunteers and new volunteers must be interviewed. Current STEP volunteers are not guaranteed a position the next year.
- Each year all new STEP volunteers will receive training at the beginning of the school year through the Schools Of Hope program.
Statement Of Nondiscrimination
No student may be discriminated against in any school programs, activities or in facilities usage because of the student’s sex, color, religion, profession or demonstration of belief or non-belief, race, national origin, ancestry, creed, pregnancy, marital or parental status, homelessness status, sexual orientation or physical, mental, emotional or learning disability. Harassment is a form of discrimination and shall not be tolerated in the district. It is the responsibility of administrators, staff members and all students to ensure that student discrimination or harassment does not occur.