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Woodridge approves March levy request

12/1/2011 - West Side Leader
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By Becky Tompkins

Woodridge Local Schools will have an emergency tax levy on the March 6 Primary Election ballot.

The Woodridge Board of Education voted unanimously Nov. 22 to request a five-year levy to raise $3 million annually.

This is a larger amount but a shorter time period than Issue No. 21, the 5.88-mill, $2.85 million 10-year emergency levy that voters defeated Nov. 8.

Board President Cheryl Hoover pointed out the amount of the new request would mean an increase of only around $10 per year over the previous request for the owner of a home valued at $100,000.

Treasurer Deanna Levenger said the levy resolution would be forwarded to the Summit County Fiscal Office to determine the millage required. That information will be available for the board to vote on a millage resolution at a special meeting that will take place today, Dec. 1, at 6:30 p.m. at the district’s administration building, 4411 Quick Road. The deadline to put an issue on the March 6 ballot is Dec. 7, Levenger said.

In other business, Superintendent Walter Davis announced his intention to recognize student excellence at each monthly board meeting. He began by honoring the Woodridge High School men’s golf team, which had a perfect 13-0 record this fall.

Congratulated for their outstanding season were coaches Dave Krusinski and Jeff Walter, along with golfers Colin Westphal, Nick Karam, Nick Flasco, Josh Kane, Chris Stewart, Jared Aspenwall, Michael Walter, Carson Thomas, Mike Semintore, Cal Krusinski, Clay Boggs, Clay Ralston, Andrew Syx and Aaron Westphal.

The team won the Portage Trail Conference championship and finished second in the sectional and fifth in the district. Flasco, a senior, qualified for the state competition — Woodridge’s first state qualifier in golf in 20 years, according to Davis.

In addition, the board approved switching to the Ohio School Plan for its insurance other than health care — including liability, property, auto and crime coverage.

The Ohio School Plan is a consortium and purchasing group with 250 school districts as members, said Levenger. In addition to providing slightly better insurance coverage, the new plan will save the district about $12,000 per year, she said.

The board’s next regular meeting is scheduled for Dec. 20 at 6 p.m. at the Woodridge High School Library, 4440 Quick Road.

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