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Riverside finalizing November levy details (Audio included)

The Riverside Board of Education conducted their monthly meeting for June Tuesday. A crowded agenda included plans for the renewal with reduction income tax levy the district hopes to have on the ballot in November.

The board approved the necessity of the levy based on need. Once the board of elections approves the application, the board will determine the percentage of income tax that will be asked of the voters.

Maintenance/Transportation supervisor Jason Bell ordered a new bus June 11th. The bus should be delivered and ready for inspection August 2nd.

Bell indicated that the domestic hot water boilers are leaking. The boilers are 12 years-old and have been in consistent need of repair. The problem is that the one boiler will cost $47,000. Problems also exist with the water softener. To replace the softener would cost $25,000.

The district and the teachers' association reached agreement on a tentative agreement. Details will be announced after the association’s members have voted on the contract.

Superintendent Scott Mann provided a proposal to the board about the possibility of publishing a district newspaper. The first edition of the quarterly, 12-page paper would hopefully be out by the start of school in the fall.

Using natural gas as a primary energy source has again become a topic of discussion. The board likes the idea because gas is cheaper. Investors have contacted the district about constructing gas lines close enough for the district to access.

House Bill 264 is an energy conservation incentive that would provide the district money if certain items are replaced with ones that require less energy. The board likes the idea but the issue of how much money to commit up front is the issue. Several possible plans will be presented at the July meeting.

The board accepted the resignations of teachers Craig Sammetinger, Vocational Agriculture, and Lindsay Wyan, Business. They will still work at Riverside but will be employees of Ohio Hi-Point as part of their satellite program through Clark State.

Junior/Senior high principal Andy McGill announced the guidance department received a grant of $750 from Consolidated Care for suicide and bullying prevention.

The board will next meet July 23rd at 5:30 p.m.

Scott Mann's comments from Tuesday night's meeting.

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