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Manchester officials discuss May renewal levy

3/20/2014 - South Side Leader
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By Joyce Rainey Long

Manchester Local School District officials prepared for the upcoming renewal levy and handled routine business at the March 18 Board of Education meeting.

The Summit County Board of Elections has assigned the district’s five-year, 6.9-mill operating levy as Issue No. 5 for the May 6 Primary Election, according to Superintendent Sam Reynolds.

The levy was first approved in 1989 and has been approved every five years, said Reynolds. The levy generates $682,250 a year and is approximately 5.26 percent of the General Fund.

The levy, which is not a tax increase, will cost the owner of a $100,000 home $103 per year, Reynolds said.

General operating funds of the district include purchased services, textbooks, transportation, salaries, supplies and extracurricular activities, said Reynolds.

“This is a critical part of our budget and the passage ensures the stability of children’s programs for the district,” Reynolds said.

In other business, the board approved the retirement of Nolley Elementary art teacher William York, who has worked for 25 years. He will be honored by the board later this spring, said Reynolds.

The board approved the hiring of Kyle Oberlin as the Manchester High School track coach and Cathy McCardle as the track assistant coach.

In other business, the board:

  • approved five certified nonrenewals and 26 supplemental nonrenewals, which is traditionally done at this time, according to district officials.
    “This is a management practice, and we want to provide flexibility in terms of next year,” Reynolds said;
  • accepted a $1,400 donation from James Robinson, director of curriculum and instruction for the district, for the district’s Hudl account, which is for technology to review game footage;
  • announced the spring musical, “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” will be performed today, March 21, and tomorrow, March 22, at 7 p.m. at Manchester High School, 437 W. Nimisila Road;
  • announced the Manchester Middle School production of “Annie Jr.” will take place March 27-28 at 7 p.m. and March 29 at 11 a.m. at the middle school, 760 W. Nimisila Road;
  • announced the Easter Bunny Breakfast at Nolley Elementary School, 6285 Renninger Road, will be held April 12 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.; and
  • honored the top 10 high school students: Sarah Hercules, Jay Wallace, Monica Tannhof, Haylee Zwick, Samantha Lair, Zachary Salmon, Michael Miyoshi, Stevie Muscarella, Jacob Wenhold and Paige Dennis. A banquet for the students took place March 19 at Elm Ridge Party Center.

The board adjourned for executive session to discuss personnel matters. The next regular meeting will take place April 15 at 6:30 p.m. in the Administration Building, 6075 Manchester Road.

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