Several dates of import, both past and future, were highlighted by the Central Local Schools Board of Education during its monthly meeting on Monday.
The board discussed its community campaign to support its upcoming 0.5 percent tax on income proposal to fund permanent improvements in the school district. That levy is up for vote in November, and as such, the district recently hosted a “Mythbusters” event on Aug. 28 to dispel rumors, explain the district’s financial circumstances and answer questions about what money would go toward, should the levy pass.
“We had another good conversation with a nice turnout,” Superintendent Steve Arnold explained, noting 75 people attended.
Similar levy efforts proposed by the school district over the past several years have failed, leading community members and school officials to refocus efforts and champion an informational committee this time around.
“We did a bunch of homework ahead of time,” Arnold said. “Primarily it was about, how are you going to use the money and why don’t you have the money?
“We have enough money to continue operating as we are, but we have issues that need fixed or upgraded and we don’t have enough in our general fund to finish those.”
Such priority projects include a new roof for the middle and high school facility, a textbook adoption plan (hard copies and digital), installation of additional security cameras and replacement of 15 buses over 10 years.
“We’ve heard the community say we don’t want new facilities, fix up what you have, and that’s exactly what we’re’ trying to do,” said Arnold.
Student schedule change for Veterans Day
Additionally, a resolution was passed that will change planning for parents but will also create a positive for the community. A two-hour delay for professional development purposes was moved from Nov. 11 to Nov. 18, in order to make way for a full-scale Veterans Day program that will be launched this year.
“If we had a delay it wouldn’t allow for it to happen easily,” Arnold said. “We’d like to extend a special invitation to any veteran who wishes to attend; we’d love to have them.”
In other action, the board:
• Approved moving the November board meeting to Nov. 18.
• Approved the resignation of Robert English as bus driver, effective the end of the fiscal year.
• Employed Laura Rushinsky as a bus driver for the 2019-2020 school year.
• Employed Debbie Brubaker as a classroom aide for the 2019-2020 school year.
• Approved supplemental contracts for mentor teachers Lori Polter and Beth Bechtol, Spanish National Honor Society Advisor Jacqueline Davis and freshman basketball coach Spencer Hastedt
• Approved donations including $35 for junior high cheerleading, $100 for high school cheerleading and $200 for the band program, all from the Defiance County Fair. Other donations included: $500 from the Huron County Fair for cheerleading; $50 for book fees from Don and Ann Hange; $572.20 for book fees from St. John’s Lutheran and 100 book bags from V Twin Cruisers Motorcycle Club.
• Approved building use for the local chapter of Fellowship of Christian Athletes for an event on Oct. 2.