The Benjamin Logan School Board met for the first time in 2013 Monday night. Highlighting the meeting was the board's approval of a proposed emergency levy. The 4.6 mill levy will be put before voters on May 7th.
District treasurer Robert Kuehnle commented that, if passed, the new millage requires voters to pay an additional $140 per $100,000 of property owned. The district is not in financial stress. For this levy, emergency must be used because the district is asking for a specific dollar amount.
It is the first time since 2000 that the district is asking residents for new money. Ohio’s insistence that school districts become increasingly self-sufficient have caused districts like Benjamin Logan to examine ways to generate funding that will allow them to continue operate in a fashion that residents are accustomed.
Lori Lytle talks about the levy.
The $1,375,000 that the board seeks will, according to board president Bill Ramsey, keep the district in a “positive holding pattern until 2017". The board has maintained a level of frugality. For example, 20 staff members, because of attrition or retirement, have not been replaced.
Robert Kuehnle clarifies aspects of the levy.
Superintendent Lori Lyle noted that information about the specifics of the levy will be available in two or three weeks. She is confident that voters will be supportive once the details are outlined.
In other news, Lytle recognized the board for their efforts in lieu of it being Ohio School Board Month. Each member was presented with a certificate of appreciation.
Beginning in February, district employees will be required to complete online in-service on a wide variety of state-mandated topics. The training time will vary depending on the type of employee. The service providing the training will monitor employee progress.
The next meeting will be February 11th at 7:00 p.m.
Bill Ramsey explains the levy goals.