|Board of Education Discuss Permanent Improvement Levy|
|Written by Nancy Bowman|
|Wednesday, 04 December 2013 00:00|
The Tipp City Schools Board of Education will need to decide soon whether to ask voters to renew the district’s permanent improvement levy or seek additional dollars, Superintendent John Kronour told the board last week.
The 2-mill, five-year levy generates around $680,000 a year. It expires at the end of 2014. The next time a levy could appear on the ballot is in the 2014 primary.
Kronour said discussions need to be held on what to do about the levy. He gave the board information on how the levy income has been used and proposed projects for the next five years during the board’s Nov. 25 meeting.
The permanent improvement levy money is used to buy buses, repair buildings including roofs and pay for technology and curriculum resources, among other needs.
The discussion on permanent improvement dollars will need to take into consideration the facilities planning the district now is working on with the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC), Kronour said.
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.
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 point 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.
In other business, local resident Don Watson asked the board about the district retire/rehire policy.
Kronour said the practice is anyone can apply, including those retired or going to retire.
“We look at candidates available. If at all possible, we are looking not to rehire someone who has retired,” he said. “However, if there is a case where that’s the only qualified candidate or that candidate is the only one with the skills I need, then the board has said I can present them that candidate for their approval.”
In other business, the board:
- Approved the hiring of Andy Holderman to a one-half elementary physical education position at Nevin Coppock school. Holderman said he worked 16 years at Vandalia schools before losing his position in a reduction in force.
- The board accepted the resignation of the previous holder of the physical education job, Zach Walls, who also resigned as eighth grade boys’ basketball coach. Also resigning was Lauren Livermore as Devilaire adviser.
- Approved a change in employment for Patty Brown from one-half elementary art teacher to full time art teacher due to a retirement at year’s end.
- Hired Jake Fitzgerald as eighth grade boys’ basketball coach, Molly Noffsinger as Devilaire adviser and Kyle Miller for winter drum line.
- Accepted the retirement of Brenda Combs, custodial worker, effective Dec. 31.