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Manchester taking steps to add operating levy to ballot

7/18/2013 - South Side Leader
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By Joyce Rainey Long

The Manchester Board of Education took the first of two steps required to put a new tax levy for operating expenses on the Nov. 5 ballot at the July 17 meeting.

The board voted to request the total current tax valuation of the school district to be certified by the Summit County fiscal officer. The board has not yet determined the millage amount or the length of time for a possible levy, said Superintendent Sam Reynolds.

“We’re doing everything we can to determine a millage amount that will be as low as possible,” Reynolds said.

Operating expenses include salaries, health insurance, textbooks, transportation, extracurricular activities, contract services, supplies and repairs, said Reynolds.

“The district has worked to eliminate and combine positions to save money, but the state and federal governments have cut $1.3 million from our budget since the 2010-11 school year, and it’s too great of an amount to make up,” said Reynolds, adding that costs for new curriculum required by the state, health care and special education have increased. “We want to continue to maintain the programming for the children of Manchester.”

“People always support the schools here, and we’re hoping that they’ll choose to do that again,” Treasurer David Osborne said.

In another matter, the board approved a three-year contract for James France as Manchester High School principal. He has worked for the district for the past 43 years, said Reynolds, and has been a physical education teacher and assistant principal and also is the football coach. France has been the principal of Manchester High School for the past 27 years.

“He’s such a powerful leader. Generations have been touched by Mr. France,” said Reynolds. “We have a long tradition of excellence due to the person who manages with great strength at the high school.”

The board also recognized JoEtte Olesky, who retired after 26 years at the district. She was a fifth-grade science teacher at Manchester Middle School and was involved with school plays and choir during lunchtime.

“You made a difference academically for the students and with the extracurriculars,” said Reynolds. “Your dedication was reflected in the science scores.”

In other business, the board:

  • approved one certified and one classified resignation;
  • approved nine classified appointments and three certified appointments;
  • accepted donations from Nolley Elementary PTA of $25 for the Arnold Scholarship and of $25 for the Hauenstein Scholarship; and $15,502 for projects at Nolley for the next school year, which will include field trips and a leadership program, said board member Kelly Dolan; and
  • approved the standards-based teacher evaluation policy that was approved by the Manchester Education Association and an amendment to the policy on employee-owned businesses.

A special meeting will take place July 31 at 6:30 p.m., and the next regular monthly meeting will be Aug. 20 at 5:30 p.m. Both meetings will take place in the Administration Building, 6075 Manchester Road.

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