|BOE Approves Placing Permanent Improvement Levy On May Ballot|
|Written by Nancy Bowman|
|Sunday, 23 February 2014 19:00|
The Tipp City Schools Board of Education took the first step needed to place renewal of the district’s permanent improvement levy on the May ballot during its organizational meeting Monday.
The board voted unanimously to approve a resolution of necessity to proceed with seeking the levy renewal. The county auditor’s office will be asked to certify the millage needed to continue to raise around $680,000 a year.
The second step in the levy process is asking the Miami County Board of Elections to place the request on the ballot. That vote is expected at the board’s regular meeting later this month.
The filing deadline for May’s ballot is Feb. 4.
The current levy expires at the end of 2014.
The permanent improvement levy money is used to buy buses, repair buildings including roofs and pay for technology and curriculum resources, among other needs.
Information distributed by Kronour showed that almost $705,000 was spent from the permanent improvement fund in 2012-13. Among those projects were math curriculum resources, costing $216,564; a school bus, $84,432; high school boiler repair, $10,800; Nevin Coppock water main, $21,600; and roof projects, $69,558.
In coming years, estimated annual permanent improvement budgets from $699,000 to $764,000 are outlined. The proposal footnotes for the next five years pointed out a desire to purchase two buses each year, or around $95,000 each; classroom replacement furniture, $20,000 a year; roof projects, $90,000 a year; and concrete repairs during two years at $15,000 each year, among others.
The board at a December work session discussed levy options before agreeing to seek renewal of the existing levy.
The board also is discussing facilities planning with the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC). The district is working on a building proposal for OFCC to consider for 26 percent state funding approval next summer. If the plan were approved, the district would have one year to raise the matching local money for a construction project.
Board member Scott Dixon said the permanent improvement levy renewal would allow the district to continue some building repairs while building options are explored, and possibly pursued. If a building project does not become a reality, the district longer term will need more permanent improvement money to maintain its older buildings, he said.
In other business Monday, the board elected Scott Dixon as the board president for the year. Kate Johnsen was elected vice president.
- Agreed to continue to hold regular board meetings at 6:30 p.m. on the fourth Monday of each month.
- Approved the hiring of Lauren Vonderheide as an aide at Nevin Coppock Elementary School and Anna Helms as a 0.5 art teacher at Nevin Coppock.