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Manchester school board places renewal levy on May ballot

1/17/2013 - South Side Leader
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By Joyce Rainey Long

The Manchester Local Schools Board of Education voted to put a renewal of a 9.8-mill operating levy on the May 7 Special Election ballot and approved three-year contracts for three administrators at the Jan. 14 meeting.

The operating levy represents 8 percent, or $945,140, of the district’s General Fund revenue, according Superintendent Sam Reynolds. The levy was first approved in 1985 and has been renewed six times, he added.

“This is not a tax increase,” Reynolds said.

Operating expenses include salaries, health insurance, textbooks and repairs, according to district officials.

In other business, the board approved three-year contracts for Anthony Hite, assistant principal at Manchester High School; James Miller, Manchester Middle School principal; and James Robinson, curriculum director.

Hite has been the assistant principal for the past six years, while Miller has worked for the district since 1992 and is in his ninth year as principal. Robinson has been curriculum director for the past nine years and has worked with the district since 1973 as a teacher, counselor, principal and coach, according to district officials.

“You are a trio of dominance and we’re pretty lucky,” said Richard Sponseller, board president.

In another financial matter, the board approved the fiscal year asking budget. Each school district in the state must submit a proposed asking budget to its county fiscal officer, according to Treasurer David Osborne. The purpose of the asking budget is to show the need for tax levies. The district currently has five operating levies, one emergency levy and one permanent improvement levy, according to Osborne. The district’s budget for the current fiscal year is $17.5 million, he said.

The board also heard an update from Robinson on the business education courses. The district now offers two computer application classes and two accounting classes.

In other business at the annual organizational session held before the meeting, the board elected Sponseller as president for the fourth time. Jay Hunter was elected vice president, also for the fourth time. Both Sponseller and Mark Tallman were appointed to serve on the Portage Lakes Career Center Board of Education.

Reynolds noted January is Ohio School Board Appreciation Month and thanked the board members for their service. Each board member was given a certificate from the Ohio School Boards Association.

“You have been providing a service to the children ... and we appreciate your time and talents,” said Reynolds.

The board adjourned to executive session to discuss personnel matters.

The next meeting will take place Feb. 19 at 6:30 p.m. in the Administrative Building, located at 6075 Manchester Road.

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