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Manchester board reminds voters about upcoming levy

4/18/2013 - South Side Leader
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By Joyce Rainey Long

Manchester Local School District officials are working to remind voters to support a renewal of its operating levy in the upcoming May 7 Primary/Special Election.

Issue No. 6 is a 9.8-mill operating levy that voters first approved in 1985, according to Superintendent Sam Reynolds. It has been renewed six times since then.

At the April 16 Manchester Board of Education meeting, Reynolds said the operating levy is 8 percent of the district’s General Fund. If approved again, the levy would continue to collect $945,140 a year for the district, Reynolds said.

Operating expenses include salaries, health insurance, textbooks and repairs, he said.

“This is not a tax increase,” said Reynolds. “This is to support and maintain our successful school programs. We’ve had outstanding accomplishments in the classroom, extracurricular activities and athletics. We offer all these programs for the kids, and they participate in them and we want to keep all this going.”

In another financial matter, the board approved the rates and amounts of levies as determined by the Summit County Fiscal Office.

“This is the annual appropriation process that is based on recent valuation numbers, what levies we have and what funds will be realized,” said Treasurer David Osborne. The estimated total tax revenue for July 1 through June 30, 2014, is about $7.6 million, he said.

In other business, the board heard the first reading on extending open enrollment to kindergarten and will vote on this next month. Last May, the board approved open enrollment for first through eighth grades and has offered open enrollment for high school students since 1993. Reynolds said the district will control the number of students in each grade with 100 maximum pupils in kindergarten through four grade and 115 students in fifth through eighth grades.

In other business, the board accepted the resignation of Richard Harper as drama club adviser and director of the fall plays and spring musicals.

“He has served 28 years in this capacity, which is 56 separate programs,” said Reynolds. “He’s had outstanding performances over the years and touched a lot of lives.” Harper will continue to teach music at the high school and middle school and will direct the Manchester Singers, said Reynolds.

In other business, the board:

  • approved five certified continuing contracts and one certified nonrenewal;
  • accepted resignations from three teachers — Renee Fraleigh, of Manchester Middle School, and Vincent Hercules and Erin Oliver, both from Nolley Elementary School;
  • appointed a substitute custodian; and
  • approved a trip to Cedar Point May 11 for a show choir competition.

The board adjourned into executive session to discuss personnel matters.

The next regular board meeting will take place May 21 at 6:30 p.m. in the Administration Building, 6075 Manchester Road.

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