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District pursuing levy on November

By Ellen Simmons • May 28, 2019 at 9:00 AM

NEW LONDON — After a thorough explanation of the New London school district’s finances by treasurer Jim Hudson, the board of education passed a resolution Monday to begin the process of putting a 2.9-mill, five-year permanent improvement levy on the November ballot, as well general obligation bonds in the amount of $6,770,000.

The 2.9 mill levy, similar to the one that was voted down last November, would bring in around $339,000 a year and be used for buses, roof repairs, security upgrades and the like. The money from the bonds would be used to build a field house and a new stadium on school grounds, replacing the stadium at the Recreation Park on land owned by the village. The resolution now goes to the county auditor

Teacher Julie Brown and elementary secretary Jill Marsh were given the Golden Apple Awards by the board. One teacher and one staff member are chosen for this honor each spring for their service to the district. Also, Melissa Vorhees, director of student services, received the Trailblazer Award from the Ohio Department of Education.

Vorhees said the first ever Special Olympics held in Huron County was a success. She added, “It is a great opportunity for a lot of our kids. It went really well and we intend to do it again next year.”

Mayor John Martin read a proclamation making May 24 New London Junior Guard Appreciation Day. This group, led by Lisa Carbone, recently won the state championship presented by the Ohio Indoor Performance Association.

In personnel matters the board accepted the resignations of vocal music teacher Albert Donze and elementary music teacher Samantha Quallich. Lisa Highley was hired as a gifted intervention specialist.

Certified, classified and exempt staff contracts were renewed and the following varsity coaching contracts were awarded: Keith Landis, cross country; Zack Parr, golf; Kemmes Keys, football; Sarah Thomas, volleyball; Dane Held, boys basketball; Eric Mitchell, girls basketball; Phil Albaugh, boys track; Tyler Cawrse, girls track; David Gentry, varsity baseball; Joe Thomas, girls softball.

Among the operational actions passed by board were $23,854 for replacement of the fire alarm system by Siemens Industry and $17,552 for replacement of the academic building paging system by Pellegtino Pro A/V Solutions.

Meal prices will rise in the fall. Grades K-5 will pay $2.80, a 15-cent increase, grades 6-12 will pay $3.10, also a 15-cent increase, and adults will pay $3.85, a 10-cent increase.

The board approved a trip by the varsity football program to Penn State Football Camp June 7-8.

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