Cardington-Lincoln school board will seek levy on spring ballot
By EVELYN LONG -
The district’s financial situation dominated the agenda when the Cardington-Lincoln Board of Education met in regular session on December 10.
Supt Brian Petrie reviewed figures showing a deficit situation looming in FY 2014 if there isn’t an increase in revenue. Simply put, Petrie said, “We are not bringing in enough funds from both state and local sources to sustain our staffing levels.
Despite making drastic reductions in staff in 2009 and 2011 that have accounted for a ten percent reduction in staff costs, we will again need to make cuts. Since I began as a principal in this district in 2007 we have been forced to cut 16 teaching positions and we have 12 fewer non-teaching positions. The next round of cuts are unfortunately inevitable. At this point, the success of a future levy will dictate whether or not we will be forced to cut again in 2014. Our overall spending has decreased in five consecutive years and no matter what happens on the ballot, next year will be the sixth.”
The board agreed to meet the auditor’s deadline of January 1 to certify the placing of a 5 year .75% earned income tax levy or a 6.5 mill emergency operating levy on the May ballot. The board will make a decision at a later meeting.
The board approved payment of November bills totaling $1,160,142.20 on warrant checks 82110–82266 as submitted by district treasurer Scott Osborne.
The board accepted an additional donation of $5,000 to the Beatrice Kloss Scholar-ship. The original donation was $10,000.
Also accepted was the donation of a refrigerator to the Family and Consumer Science Program from the Whirlpool Corporation.
A donation of $100 for facilities use was accepted from the Cardington Youth Basketball organization.
Supt. Petrie told board members that an investment account with Edward Jones Financial of Marion has been created for the purpose of accepting securities from the estate of Margaret Miller. At this time those securities amount to $600,000 and are created for the purpose of awarding scholarships to Cardington graduating seniors.
The retirement of Elementary School head cook Terri Linstedt, effect January 1, 2013 was accepted. Also approved was estimated severance pay for Linstedt in the amount of $4406.72.
Approved for the awarding of grant funded stipends (High Schools that Work) in the amount of $500 each were Joe Mills, Jodi Linkous, Ginger Holloway, John Brehm, Pam Lyons and Donna Kill.
Under the consent agenda, the following employments were approved: Garry Stevens, bus route 16, 3.9 hours per day effective November 19, 2012; Classified substitutes: Wesley Pierce, custodian and Lawrence Shipley, bus driver. Supplemental contracts were approved for Tim Edgell, Varsity bowling; Kristi Alexander, Art Club and Shannon Byerly, Improv Club.
Supt Petrie reported on the results of the third grade reading achievement assessment which was given in October and then again in April. He said that 87% of our third graders scored proficient or higher meaning that they are on target for reading. The State requirement for the third grade reading indicator is that at least 75% of the students score proficient or higher by April. This is a great sign that our students are extremely well prepared coming into third grade. This will allow the teachers to better focus on the 13% that still need some intervention and it will also promote providing higher levels of instruction for those students who are above grade level.
The board will hold a work session on January 28. The organizational meeting of the board will be held January 12, 2013 at 7 pm in the high school library. Named president Pro-tem was Jim Clinger.
Comments were made by Jim Clinger, the board’s representative to Tri-Rivers who said there are two new programs there this year, a Vet Tech and a Grand Tech Robiotic program, with new buildings being constructed for them.
Board president Chuck Jones said that he had learned the state fire marshal had made its annual visit to the district and found zero deficiencies. “It takes a lot of work to assure that we have no issues — hats off to Carl Hardwick, Jr and the staff to make sure all systems are operating safely.
The board adjourned regular session at 8:30 pm to enter executive session based on Ohio Revised Code 121.22 (G) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. And 6. The board adjourned executive session at 9:38 pm with no further action taken.