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Manchester BOE OKs forecast, prepares for operating levy

10/17/2013 - South Side Leader
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By Joyce Rainey Long

The Manchester Local Schools Board of Education approved the five-year forecast for the district and prepared for the upcoming November levy at the Oct. 15 meeting.

The five-year forecast is required by the state and is the estimation of revenues and expenditures for the next five years, said Treasurer David Osborne. The estimated cash balance for the district for June 30, 2018, is $85,152.

“If the levy doesn’t pass, the numbers will change dramatically,” said Osborne. “If it passes, the levy gives the district five years of stability.”

A five-year, 5.99-mill operating levy for the district is on the Nov. 5 ballot for operating expenses. The expenses include salaries, health insurance, textbooks, transportation, extracurricular activities, contract services, supplies and repairs, said Superintendent Sam Reynolds.

The levy would raise about $1.1 million per year and cost the owner of a home valued at $100,000 $209 a year.

“We need to make a stand for the school levy,” said board President Richard Sponseller. “We have to help the kids and we need your help. We want to make the best for the kids.”

Reynolds reminded voters that levy co-chair Kim Sherman is seeking volunteers for assistance and can be contacted at 330-644-6402.

In another financial matter, the board approved the student activity purpose statements and estimated budgets for fiscal year 2013 from each school activity and athletic team. Most of the money for the student activities and athletics come from fundraising events, said Osborne.

In other business, the board approved a three-year contract for Michael Stafford, director of services. In his fifth year at the district, Stafford is responsible for transportation, school buildings and grounds, said Reynolds.

“He is a highly talented employee. We see a lot of creativity with his ability to stretch the dollars to do the repairs that are necessary,” Reynolds said.

Also during the meeting, the board:

  • approved two classified appointments and four supplemental appointments;
  • accepted donations of $549 from Target to Nolley Elementary School and $500 from State Farm Insurance for Manchester Middle School intramurals; and
  • approved a ski trip for Manchester High School to Jay Peak Ski Resort in Vermont for Jan. 1-5 and approved a trip for the high school band to Orlando, Fla. Both trips are not funded by the school district.

The board adjourned to executive session to discuss personnel matters.

The next regular school board meeting will take place Nov. 19 at 6:30 p.m. in the Administration Building, 6075 Manchester Road.

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