Benjamin Logan Board approves emergency levy – Action made regarding A/C (Audio included)
7/30/2013 12:23:17 AM
By Joel Penhorwood
The Benjamin Logan Board of Education met in a special session Monday evening to discuss and vote on multiple time-bound issues.
The main focus of the meeting was the possibility of approving an emergency levy to be put on the November ballot, a decision that had to be made immediately due to the August 7th submission deadline.
Superintendent Lori Lytle and Treasurer Robert Kuehnle presented a resolution to the board that a levy for a fixed amount of 1.19 million per year be placed on the November ballot.
The 4 mill action is classified by state regulations as an emergency levy because it is for a fixed amount and will not change from year-to-year.
Lively discussion was present throughout the meeting. An action of its type has been discussed for months and has been met with both enthusiasm and uncertainty.
Logan County Auditor Michael Yoder was present at the meeting to inform the board on information regarding the levy and that the agreed upon amount of 1.19 million per year would end up being 4 mills.
The emergency levy comes just months after a failed attempt at a 4.6 mill emergency levy in May that ended in a tie vote.
School Board President Bill Ramsey said the measure would not bring back cuts made in the past, but make sure the district can operate at its current level for years to come.
Listen to Board President Bill Ramsey talk about the levy and its meaning to the community
The possible money brought in by the levy would generate enough to last Benjamin Logan Schools for a speculated seven to ten years.
The amount the district is asking from the community has changed since May because of unforeseen adjustments made by the state in school funding and a need for positive approval by voters.
Lytle said that it is important to have this money to maintain quality education and activities within the school. She says that the many cuts in previous years would not be restored by the levy.
The second major topic for the night regarded House Bill 264 and the possibility of installing air conditioning in the buildings. The board is expecting state approval within 30 days that would then allow project funding to begin.
The project was originally implemented to update the schools while saving more money than it spends due to energy savings.
Board members discussed the option to install air conditioning within the building while H.B. 264 updates are being made. The extra cost would almost evenly cancel out the energy savings from the project giving nearly no savings or loss, making it a key time to install the cooling technology. The labor component of the installation would be tied in with the already-in-motion project to update facilities.
A resolution was passed unanimously by the board to seek bids regarding A/C in hopes of getting a more solid idea of the finances the venture would take.
Superintendant Lori Lytle says the board is taking a careful look at its options in hopes they can bring a better learning environment to Benjamin Logan students.
Listen to Lytle talk about H.B. 264 and the discussion on air conditioning
The Benjamin Logan Board of Education will have their next meeting on August 19th at the central office.