The Wauseon school district is leaving nothing to chance as it prepares to place a vital 2% earned income tax levy on the ballot Nov. 2.
At a Board of Education meeting held Monday, Superintendent Troy Armstrong reeled off a list of promotional moves the school district is making to help ensure passage of the levy. “We’re getting the message out. We just need to get our positive voters out after that,” he told board members.
In addition to sending out a community mailer and distributing positive lawn signs, the district will place newspaper and radio ads and produce T-shirts to promote the levy. Both public and private sessions have been held with voters to explain the benefits of the levy.
The $8,200 cost of the levy campaign has been funded through donations collected outside of the school district.
The five-year, 2% levy is estimated to generate a total of $20 million – 1.75% for operating expenses and .25% for permanent improvements. The levy would take effect Jan. 1, 2022, and would be used as a preventative plan to help reverse the school district’s mounting financial difficulties. The funding would allow six teachers to be retained for kindergarten through fifth grade, high school electives to be added, and the construction of an on-site bus garage.
Should the income tax levy fail, student busing would be severely restricted, district personnel would be reduced, and all sports and extracurricular activities would be eliminated.
Armstrong reiterated that the earned income tax levy would not affect pensioned and unemployed senior citizens, workers’ compensation, farmers renting property or unemployment benefits.
“We’re capitalizing on the fact that this is earned income, W-2 income,” he said.
In other business, board members approved the following donations: $25 from Joseph and Beth Flanagan to the Wauseon Athletic Department to honor Bill Gase; $3,110 and $221 from North Clinton Church to the elementary school food pantry; and 16 boys and girls winter coats from Christ United Methodist Church to the primary school, with a value of $38 each.
The board also approved several “then and now” certificates: Earl Mechanical, replacing four-inch backflow, $12,522.83; VFP Fire Systems, one five-year inspection, $3,411, and two annual inspections, $3,300 and $3,050; and the Northwest Ohio Educational Service Center for 21st Century services, $4,872.24.
In personnel matters, motions were approved for: the Rachel Wixey and Associates substitute list; a one-year limited classified contract to Ronald Shipley as a primary school four-hour sweeper; Charles Carr as a substitute van driver; one day’s per diem to staff members Josh Oyer and Eric Sauber, to be reimbursed by Entrust, LLC; a request for unpaid leave for McKayln Roth for the remainder of the school year; one-year limited certificated supplemental contracts as district mentors to Tammy Ankney, Shelley Borton, Mark Britsch, Julie Grime, Joy Hutchinson, Lynelle Nofziger, Ashley Oyer, Sarah Ripke, Andrea Stevens, Trent Thomas, and Amy Warncke; one-year limited certificated supplemental contracts to Joe Allen, head track; Kyle Borton, assistant track; Mike Colon, head track; Christian Crew, junior high track; Trent Thomas, head baseball; Mike Webster, junior high track; Todd Wyse, assistant baseball; one-year limited outside supplemental contract to Tom Vernot, assistant track; John Bauman as junior high volunteer wrestling coach.
Board members also passed motions to declare Bus #30 as surplus to be sold at auction, and approve a request for the Wauseon FFA to take an overnight trip to Indianapolis, for the National FFA Convention and Expo, Oct. 27-29.
The district’s transportation supervisor, Jill Shehorn, gave a presentation about the bus fleet.
Reach David J. Coehrs at 419-335-2010.