Cardington Schools to place .75 mill levy on Spring ballot
By Evelyn Long –
The Cardington-Lincoln Board of Education has agreed to place a five year .75% earned income tax levy on the May 7, 2013 ballot for consideration by district voters. The unanimous decision was made during the board’s meeting on January 14 following a brief discussion.
Board member Chuck Jones said he felt the earned income tax was the fairer tax — a comment agreed to by board members Jim Clinger and Pat Clark. Supt Brian Petrie said the benefit of the earned income tax levy is that retirement benefits, rental income and investment income are not taxed. There is not a great difference in the amount that would be generated from either the property or earned income tax levy, he said.
Petrie explained that the state requires the board give approval of a plan of reduction because of the projected deficit of $631,812 for FY14 as outlined in the five year fore– cast last Fall. It must have a dollar amount and number of reductions that are there.
The superintendent laid out the projected plan of reduction for the district as follows:
1 — The temporary closing of the Intermediate school with the redistribution of the students to the elementary and the high school/junior high school buildings result– ting in a reduction of $75,000 in utilities; and a reduction of 6.5 classified positions within that building, a savings of $205,000 — unemployment claims and expenses are included
2 — Convert single route school bus transportation to double routing reducing by six the drivers, saving $130,000 in salaries and benefits– he added back in $40,000 in expenses for the transition — the cost of extra miles, fuel and maintenance and increase in salary for existing drivers, a net savings of $90,000
3 — Building supplies– a reduction of $10,000.
4 — A reduction of extended service days for selected certified staff– $28,000 in savings.
5 — Technology budget reduction — $25,000 put in for technology or purchase of hardware been pulled from the budget.
6 — Elimination of a bus purchase in FY 2014, a savings of $85,000.
7 — Four certified staff reductions, a savings of $251,000 — again this includes possible unemployment claims.
This creates a savings of $769,000 leaving a surplus of $137,188. “We have to be in a position where we create a cushion. That would put us in a surplus and end the year between $350,000 and $400,000 — getting us through FY 2014 and 2015 with no extra money coming in.” noted Petrie.
This plan of reductions will be voted on by the board during the special meeting to be held on January 28 following a public meeting.
Petrie explained that even though ths plan will be sent to the state, the actual formal action in suspending or action taken is made by the board — January approval of plan, February, approval of specific positions and March, suspension of contracts for the following year.
In other matters, Supt Petrie said that the district had received its first payment of casino money, $23,000. He understands there will be two payments a year, with another payment coming before the end of the school year.
Following a discussion, board members agreed to establish a $10,000 scholarship for the Margaret Miller Memorial scholarship for 2013. This stipend will be awarded a graduate in increments of $2500 a year for the recipient’s four years of post high school education. The Margaret Miller Memorial Scholarship, in excess of $630,000 has been established for the awarding of scholarships to Cardington-Lincoln High School graduates. The board will decide each year the amount of the scholarship to be awarded.
Supt Petrie also reviewed the School Safety Plans that he and the administrative staff had worked on.
The board approved payment of December bills totaling $1,436,012.71 on warrant checks 80568–80713.
Supt Petrie recognized the CArdington Math Competition Team who had made a “strong showing” during the recent Marion Area Math Competition held recently.
High school Principal Joe Mills named Logan Huey, who received a $750 scholarship to OSU Marion, finishing third out of all freshmen; Jane Perry, who finished 6th out of all sophomores; Zach Lee, who finished fourth among all sophomores; Lauren Johnson, who finished eighth among all juniors; Tre Plowman, who finished fifth among seniors and Anne McElwee who finished fourth among all seniors.
Under Personnel: the board approved the creation of cafeteria inventory clerk positions: K-6 Inventory clerk at five hours per week and 7–12 Inventory clerk at 5 hours per week.
Also approved were the following tutors effective January 15-May 1, 2013 — all up to four hours per week: Katie Scohy, Diane Tucker, Cindy Huvler, Kathy Gardner, Kim Harvey, Angie Kasper, Nicole Kreuger, Lisa Picou, Marty Barnett and Dionne Lawson. The board approved the elimination of Bus Route 13– a currently vacated position.
Also approved were the following over night trips — FFA Neil Swonger, January 19–2 Columbus; FFA Neil Swonger, March 13–17-2013, Florida Trip; FFA Neil Swonger, May 2–3, 2013, Columbus, state convention and Spanish Club, Jennifer Weikle, March 30-April 7, 2013, Costa Rica.
The board approved the addition of a 9th special education student in the Mid-Ohio ESC morning preschool education class and waiver request to ODE in order to meet specific needs of the specific students.
Monty Maceyko’s appointment to the Cardington-Lincoln Librar y Board was approved Under the Consent agenda, the following were employed: Yvonne Eastep, head cook high school, effective January 2, 2013; Theresa Pickett, assistant cook, 3.5 hours per day; and Lisa Levering, EMIS coordinator, effective February 1, 2013. Edna Noble was employed as a substitute aide.
Supplemental contracts were awarded to Ben Thiel, varsity boys track; Corrie Moore, varsity girls track; Kirby Francis, junior high girls track; John Naylor, junior high boys track; Brian Peak, junior varsity softball; Tracy Williamson, spring musical director and Tom Dinuoscio, pep band.
Giving their reports were Scott Hardwick and Marsha Levering, principal and assistant principal, respectively of Grades K-6. They reviewed Curriculum Day, Movie Night and O A testing coming in the spring. They are working towards the winter benchmark process and noted the basketball court at the elementary school needs upgrading.
Joe Mills, Grades 7–12 principal, said job shadowing had taken place and high school students are taking their exams.
John Brehm, athletic director, noted a $42,245 working gate balance from athletic games. He credited the coaches and custodians for doing a “tremendous” job for the games. He also noted a Twitter account has been established.
During the board’s reorganization meeting prior to its regular meeting, Jim Clinger was named president; Tim Brake, vice president; Pat Clark, legislative liaison; Chuck Jones, student liaison and Tim Brake, representative to the Cardington-Lincoln Athletic Board.
The board established their meetings to be at 7 pm in the high school library on the second Monday of the month.
The Farmers Citizens Bank is designated as the official depository of all school funds and the Morrow County Sentinel as the official publisher of all Board of Education required legal notices.
This meeting, which began at 7:50 pm, adjourned at 9:05 pm and the board entered executive session based on Ohio Revised Code 121.22 (G) 1,2,3,4,5 and 6. They adjourned that session at 9:41 pm and reconvened into regular session and adjourned with no further action.
The board will meet in special session on January 28 in the high school library following a public meeting in the Pat Drouhard auditorium. The next regular meeting will be held February 11, 2013 at 7 pm in the high school library.