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Indian Lake School Board votes to put Emergency Tax Levy on November Ballot (Audio included)

The Indian Lake Board of Education approved the resolution of necessity for the renewal of an emergency tax levy with an increase for the upcoming election on November 4th at its meeting Monday evening.

The paperwork was certified and given to Logan County Auditor Michael Yoder  (pictured) after the school board voted 5-0 to put the levy on the ballot in November.

Superintendent Pat O’Donnell explained the renewal levy is put on the ballot every 5 years. In some years the board chooses to include an increase. 

He added due to the current financial status of the district and decreased revenue from the state of Ohio, over $1,000,000 in the past 3 years, the board asked for a renewal with an increase, which would be an additional 2 mills, and would generate an additional $821,000 annually. 

O’Donnell said ensuing steps to getting the levy passed will be to form a renewal levy steering committee consisting mainly of parents. He said many parents are saying we need to get this passed for our kids.

The cost to a homeowner of a $100,000 home would be $70 a year.

O’Donnell added it is an increase, but not that big of one. 

The superintendent also said if the levy is passed in November, participation fees for middle school and high school students would be greatly reduced.

The participation fee for high school students would be reduced from $220 per student  per activity, up to 2 activities now, to $40 per student per activity.

The participation fee for middle school students is currently $140 per student per activity, and it would be reduced to $20 per student per activity if the levy is passed.

O'Donnell talked in depth about the board voting to put the renewal levy on the November ballot.

O’Donnell mentioned they had the best bus inspection recently that the school has had in 4 years, and custodians and workers have done a great job on summer cleaning and work, being ahead of schedule. He stated the school would be ready for students to come back tomorrow.

Board member Steve Spath shared on a developing idea for a park district in the school district.

Fellow board member Kim Boswell added she thought the idea for a park district would be good for the community.

The school board accepted the resignations of high school business specialist Andrea Schlaegel and special education teachers Gina Evers and Britnie Middleton.

Lindsey Ross was hired as a middle school teacher on a 1-year limited contract.

Hired to supplemental contracts were Kristen Grillot as yearbook advisor, Jill Gillen as 7th grade volleyball coach, and Amanda Oakley as 7th grade girls basketball coach.

The next board meeting will be Monday, August 18th at 6:30 p.m. at the board office.

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