Galion BOE discusses levy, bleachers
- Interim Treasurer Jeri S. Wires records the minutes for the July 30 Board of Education meeting. (Inquirer photo/Matt Echelberry)
By Matt Echelberry
At the Galion Board of Education’s July 30 meeting, it discussed the bleacher replacement project and the tax levy for the district. Before it went into regular business, however, it listened to a presentation from Kevin McElligott of the Cross Country Parents’ Club.
McElligott proposed changes to the 2012 Cross Country Festival at Amman’s Reservoir in September. He said the Club will be working with Pizza Hut to provide concessions during the event. Because the event has grown so much, he said it is becoming too difficult for the parents alone to handle concessions in addition to helping run the meet.
The Club will supply the typical menu that it has in passed years, which contains healthy food options, but Pizza Hut will have a concession trailer as well serving pizza, salad and other items. McElligott emphasized that he has worked with the company to keep the food options as healthy as possible and it will be providing a cash register system that will make things run more smoothly.
Board President Dennis Long requested that an agreement be written up that could be signed by the Board and Pizza Hut representatives.
The Board approved Terry Day as Treasurer for the district through July 31, 2014.
Superintendent Kathy Jenney said, “The board spent a large amount of energy and effort conducting the interviews for the new Treasurer. They made an excellent choice.”
In her recommendations, Jenney asked the Board to approve Ed Rich as assistant principle of the middle school. Consequently, it would then need to accept Rich’s resignation from his current position as Student Support Services Specialist. Both actions were approved, but Long asked if an exit interview needed to be conducted.
Jenney said that there is not currently any requirement for exit interviews and no set structure for how to conduct them. Long felt that something more concrete needed to be implemented in order to be consistent.
Jamie Maguire, Gina Redman and Todd Roston were approved as intervention specialists for the 2012–13 school year and Ron Cirata will be the Auxillary Service Program Enrichment Tutor for K-4 students at St. Joseph School.
Another item of business was to advertise for bids for the replacement of the visitor side bleachers at Heise Park Stadium. Jenney explained that she has met with several people to discuss how to handle the project. She said that some of it could be paid for via the Construction Fund, recommending that the district first contact local companies to remove the existing bleachers and lay a concrete pad.
The district could then work with the City of Galion to put in portable bleachers from baseball/softball fields and local parks to be used temporarily (for the first half of the football season) until the Board can approve a bid and the new bleachers can be installed.
Board members were concerned that there might not be enough seating using the portable bleachers in lieu of the current visitor side bleachers, which have a width of 144 feet. “We need the capacity to seat people, but safety is also an issue,” Long stated. The Board believed that the existing bleachers would be too unsafe to use, especially if they are full during football games.
They asked Jenney to check how many portable bleachers the district would be able to use for the first half of the season before it made a final decision. However, they all agreed that a bid needs to be accepted as soon as possible.
Sport Safe Testing Service, Inc. will be providing random drug testing at the district this year for extra-curricular students. Services are not to exceed $10,000. An agreement with Cisco SMARTnet Maintance was approved at a cost of $25,057.
That evening, the Board was presented with two drafts for the additional tax levy to be put on the ballot in the November election. One split the millage, designating 6 mills for current expenses and 2 mills for permanent improvements. The other designated all 8 mills toward current expenses.
Jenney explained that permanent improvements can pertain to a wide range of projects, including everything from technology to purchasing new buses. “No levies [for Galion City Schools] have ever been passed that have permanent improvements included,” she added.
The Board felt that the first option was more appropriate because of that, and approved the first option for the levy resolution (see box).
RESOLUTION — THE BOARD OF EDUCATION OF THE GALION CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT OF CRAWFORD, MORROW, AND RICHLAND COUNTIES, OHIO, DETERMINING TO SUBMIT THE LECTORS OF SAID SCHOOL DISTRICT THE QUESTION OF LEVING ADDITIONAL TAX FOR THE COMBINED PURPOSES OF CURRENT OPERATING EXPENSES AND PERMANENT IMPROVEMENTS PURSUANT TO SECTION 5705.217 REVISED CODE OF OHIO.
THE BOARD OF EDUCATION OF THE GALION CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT OF CRAWFORD, MORROW, AND RICHLAND COUNTIES MET IN SPECIAL SESSION ON JULY 30, 2012
WHEREAS, on July 19, 2012, pursuant to the requirements of R.C. 5705.03(B), this Board adopted a resolution to certify to the Auditor of Crawford County, Ohio, a request that she certify to this Board the current tax valuation of this school district and the dollar amount of revenue that would be raised by the levy of an additional tax of eight (8) mills for current expenses and ongoing permanent improvements, and
WHEREAS, on July 20, 2012, said Auditor certified to this Board that the total current tax valuation of this district is $176,993,770.00 and that the levy of eight (8) mills for current expenses and ongoing permanent improvements will generate $1,415,950.00 in revenue per year.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of Education of the Galion City School District two-thirds (2/3) of all its members concurring:
THAT this Board hereby finds and determines that the amount of taxes which may be raised within the ten mill limitation by levies on the current tax duplicate will be insufficient to provide an adequate amount to provide for the present and future requirements of this school district.
THAT it is necessary to levy an additional tax in excess of the ten mill limitation pursuant to Section 5705.217, Revised Code of Ohio, for the purpose of the CURRENT EXPENSES AND ONGOING PERMANENT IMPROVEMENTS of the school district at a rate not exceeding eight (8) mills for each one dollar of valuation which amounts to Eighty Cents ($.80) for each one hundred dollars of valuation for a five year period of time beginning with the current tax year 2012 and including 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.
THAT the tax levied under paragraph 2 of this Resolution shall be apportioned as follows:
Six (6) mills for current expenses;
Two (2) mills for ongoing permanent improvements.
THAT this question shall be submitted to the electors of this school district at a special election to be held on November 6, 2012, being the same day as the General Election.
THAT the Treasurer of this district shall certify a copy of this Resolution, the Resolution adopted July 19, 2012, and the County Auditor’s Certificate issued pursuant thereto to the Board of Elections of Crawford County, Ohio, immediately after its passage, and request that said Board prepare the ballots and make such other arrangements as are necessary for the submission of this question to the electors of this district all in accordance with law.
THAT said levy be placed upon the tax list of the current year 2012 and thereafter, if a majority of the electors voting thereon vote in favor thereof.
THAT the form of ballot to be used in said election shall be substantially as follows:
OFFICIAL QUESTIONS AND ISSUES BALLOT
PROPOSED TAX LEVY (ADDITIONAL)
GALION CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT
A majority affirmative vote is necessary for passage.
An additional tax for the benefit of the Galion City School District for the purpose of CURRENT EXPENSES AND ONGOING PERMANENT IMPROVEMENTS at a rate not exceeding Eight (8) mills for each one dollar of valuation which amounts to Eighty Cents ($.80) for each one hundred dollars of valuation for a five-year period of time commencing in 2012, first due in calendar year 2013.