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Monroeville schools to request levy renewals

Aaron Krause • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:52 PM

MONROEVILLE - School board members voted Monday to place two levy renewals on the November ballot. Renewals of the levies would not cost district residents additional money in taxes.

One of the levies funds every-day school operations, and generates $250,000 a year, treasurer Susan Ammanniti said. The levy is 3.2 mills for five years would cost the owner of a $100,000 home $91.88 per year.

The other levy raises $78,000 a year, and goes toward a permanent improvement fund for the purposes of adding to, renovating, remodeling, furnishing and equipping buildings. It is a 1.8 mills, five-year levy that costs the owner of a $100,000 home $28.18 a year.

In other news, school officials are considering leasing two school buses to infuse newer models into its fleet. School board members did not vote on the issue, but agreed the move is necessary to replace older busses. They will vote on a later date.

Terry Reed, the district's director of operations, said it costs $12,000 a year to lease a bus, compared to a buying price of $71,000. The district can lease the busses anywhere from four to six years, he added.

In other business:

Board members voted to adopt the preschool curriculum in line with Ohio's curriculum standards.

The board voted to accept a $3,500 donation from the athletic boosters for the purpose of resurfacing the elementary gym floor.

Elementary principal Bob Butler told the board his school's open house is set for 7 to 8:30 p.m. today. The preschool orientation, meanwhile, will take place at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Aug. 31.

"I think we're ready to hit the ground running," Butler said, referring to the start of school.

Superintendent Carol Girton commended Reed for sweeping water out of the school building after Monday's rainstorm.

"Today was a monumental effort on your part," she said.

Girton told board members school bus drivers will unload students on the south side of the building, as opposed to out front for safety reasons.

The board went into executive session to discuss a personnel issue.

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