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Green voters to see renewal operating levy on May ballot

1/16/2014 - South Side Leader
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By Joyce Rainey Long

The Green Local Schools Board of Education took the first of two steps required to put an emergency renewal levy for operating expenses on the May 6 ballot during the Jan. 8 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 proposed renewal levy would be for five years and provide funds for operating expenses, which includes salaries, health insurance, textbooks, transportation, extracurricular activities, contract services, supplies and repairs, according to district officials.

The $4.1 million levy was first passed in 2003, according to Treasurer Eydie Snowberger.

Emergency levies collect fixed dollar amounts and are not affected by property values, according to Snowberger.

“The levy gives us the ability to maintain the direction we are moving in,” said Superintendent Jeffrey Miller. “We are not raising taxes.”

In other business, Green High School Principal Cindy Brown told the board the high school has been recently named to the AP Honor Roll for the first time.

Green High School is one of 477 schools throughout the United States and Canada that has received this distinction, she said. The Honor Roll goes to schools that have an increased access of advanced placement (AP) classes to a broader group of students while simultaneously maintaining or increasing the number of students who achieve a 3 or higher on the tests, according to Brown.

Last year, 234 students took 373 AP tests, and that was almost double the number the previous year, said Brown, who thanked the teachers and district officials for their support.

“I would like to congratulate our students on their hard work and dedication to their studies,” said Brown. “Advanced placement courses are challenging and can be difficult, but provide our students with an excellent college preparatory experience.”

Also during the meeting, the board hired Jon Wallace as the new head varsity football coach. He replaces Ed Cybak, who stepped down to take a position as weight and conditioning coordinator at Green.

“Over the past six years, I have been privileged to work with some great kids and families,” Cybak said in a press release. “I will always value those relationships. The players will always hold a special place in my heart. I am looking forward to working with athletes and coaches in developing our weight and conditioning program.”

Wallace has been a member of the Green High School faculty in the history department for the past 15 years, according to district officials. He has been an assistant football coach at Massillon High School, Mount Union University, Green High School and GlenOak High School. In addition, Wallace has compiled a 214-119 record as the head baseball coach for Green High School highlighted by a trip to the state baseball final four in 2009, according to district officials.

“We are excited for Jon Wallace to lead our football program,” said Athletic Director Bruce Johnson in the press release. “The interview committee was impressed with Coach Wallace’s vision for our football program centered around strength and conditioning [and] developing our youth program, film study and player development. We believe that Coach Wallace is the right person to get kids excited at every level to be a Green High School football player.”

In other action:

  • The board approved supplemental employment contracts to the following coaches: Jason Nelson, head boys soccer; Nick Fernandez, head girls soccer; Lisa Pafford, head volleyball; Jake Saylor, head girls cross country; Brian Tharp, head boys golf; Jake Shocklee, head girls golf; and Sue Ciccolini, head girls tennis.
  • The board approved a $600 donation from Municipal Service Group Inc. for the Bulldog Dash.

At the organizational meeting held before the regular meeting, new board members Sally Fanelly and Katie Stoynoff were sworn in to office. Bob Campbell was elected board president and Mark Herdlick will serve as vice president. Both men also will serve as Portage Lakes Career Center representatives.

The board adjourned for an executive session to discuss personnel and legal matters.

The next Green school board meeting is scheduled for Feb. 3 at 6:30 p.m. in the Central Administration Building, 1755 Town Park Blvd.

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