The Tipp City Schools board of education discussed several topics including a community survey, facilities projects and a proposed tax abatement agreement with an employer pledging to bring 200 jobs to the community during a Nov. 13 work session in Columbus.
Board President Carla Frame said the work session was scheduled in Columbus because all board members were attending the state board of education conference.
Frame reviewed topics covered by the board later last week, indicating the board would likely discuss again and take action on some of the topics during its regular monthly meeting scheduled Monday, Nov. 28.
Assistant City Manager Brad Vath traveled to Columbus to present information on the tax abatement proposal by Gateway Plastics of Wisconsin. The company is seeking approval of an enterprise zone agreement that includes 75 percent abatement of real property taxes for 12 years.
Any abatement agreement that goes longer than 10 years requires the board of education’s approval. The board was told that while other businesses requesting abatements have agreed to make the district “whole” for taxes abated, that isn’t the case with this application. The city, instead, would share 50 percent of income tax payments with the district.
Frame said the board would be asked to vote on the abatement proposal at its Nov. 28 meeting.
The board also again discussed possible options for levy requests such as proposing renewals or possibly combining levies.
In other financial discussions, Frame said the board talked about possibly restoring funding transportation for field trips. That expense was cut during earlier district cutbacks.
In facilities discussions, the board heard an update on the group meeting with architect Mike Ruetschle on a stadium location feasibility study. The group includes representatives of the board and the Tipp City council. Ruetschle’s report on the feasibility analysis is expected in mid to late December, Frame said.
The board also was told another meeting on school facilities will be held next week with the Ohio Schools Facilities Commission.
The topic of whether it is time for a district survey also came up. The board has discussed options for surveying for several months. Frame said the board agreed a survey might be appropriate once more details are known on stadium options as well as facilities options, probably after the first of next year.