Woodridge gearing up for levy, seeking new board member
It’s official: the emergency levy to appear on the May 3 Primary Election ballot for the Woodridge Local School District will be 6.71 mills.
This amounts to 67.1 cents for each $100 of property valuation, according to district officials.
If the levy passes, it will raise $3.25 million each year for five years. The Woodridge Local Schools Board of Education approved the levy resolution at the Jan. 18 meeting.
The board also approved the revised five-year financial forecast that Treasurer Deanna Levenger prepared that reflects the projected additional new money from the levy.
Levenger said she also figured in a projected 15 percent reduction in state funding. Although the exact amount is not yet known, school officials statewide are expecting severe cuts in education funding from Ohio’s government.
Marilyn Hansen, treasurer of the levy campaign, said the board will hold an open meeting about the levy Jan. 25 at 7 p.m. at the Woodridge Middle School Library.
The remaining four school board members accepted the resignation of the fifth member, Jim Vechery, effective Jan 10. Vechery said he had to step down because his new job hours conflicted with board meetings.
The board will appoint someone to fill out the remainder of his term, through 2011. The deadline to apply is Jan. 21, said board President Cheryl Hoover, and the board will conduct interviews Jan. 27.
Board members also accepted the resignations of Lisa Knight and Sean Knight, director/choreographer and set director, respectively, of the high school’s spring musical. Woodridge High School Principal Mic Becerra said staff members are pitching in to help stage the play in eight weeks.
District Superintendent Walter Davis was questioned about the procedure for declaring snow days, following the closing of the Woodridge district one day last week because of the weather.
Davis said district officials first announced a delayed opening but changed it to cancel school as the weather worsened in the morning. He said he usually makes the decision between 5 and 5:30 a.m. when the weather is hazardous.
Davis said he hopes the new Ohio legislature will, as some legislators pledged during the recent campaign, raise the number of school calamity days back to five from the current three.
If that does not happen, he said Woodridge would need to make up a day of school, which would be April 25, the Monday following Easter.
The board’s next regular meeting is scheduled for Feb. 15 at 6 p.m. at the Woodridge High School library, 4440 Quick Road.
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