NEW FRANKLIN  The Manchester Local Board of Education approved a resolution during the Jun3 20 meeting to place a 5.99-mill renewal tax levy on the Nov. 7, 2017 ballot, to maintain current operating expenses.

Superintendent James Robinson stressed that it is a renewal of a levy first approved in 2013 and there will be no tax increase. The 5.99-mill renewal levy would be for five years and represents 7 percent of the district’s operating budget.

"This levy is for operation of the school and is necessary for our daily programming for students that we have been able to maintain over the last five years," Robinson said. "The levy was passed as a five-year issue but due to our district operating within our budget provided by the community support, we are not asking for anything additional in terms of funding - we are operating within the budget we have been given. It accounts for approximately 7 percent of our entire operating budget so it is very much needed to keep the district strong and on-track to be as high performing as possible."

Personnel business

The board approved the resignation of David Croglio, vocal director. The board also approved two classified appointments: Valerie Caster, Manchester Middle School cafeteria employee and Darla Hooper, bus coordinator. The board approved two retirements; Loraiee Daily, Manchester High School attendance/athletic secretary and Veronica Oravec, Nolley Elementary media technician. The resignation of Becca Simonovich, teacher aide, was accepted. The following supplemental appointments were accepted: Josh Chadima, middle school football assistant coach; Brad Johnson, 7th-grade boys basketball boach; Allie Richmond, 8th-grade volleyball coach; Jon Robinson, middle school football assistant coach and Eileen Wess, 7th-grade volleyball coach. Johnson resigned as 8th-grade basketball coach.

Donations

Every month, the board accepts donations to the district. One of the donations accepted at the meeting was of $20,000 from Dennis K. Myers, of the Kirkland & Ellis Foundation, to the Manchester School District Teacher Memorial Scholarship fund.

"Dennis Myers is a 1983 graduate of Manchester High School who also played football at Manchester and is an attorney for the law firm listed on the agenda in Chicago," Robinson said. "Dennis is a graduate of the Harvard Law School, who two years ago donated $10,000 to the same fund. This fund is not new - it goes to teachers that then distribute scholarship money to future Manchester High School graduates each year. This is just another outstanding example of the support of our past graduates such as Dennis Myers, and support of the community with donations from the Kaderly Foundation of $10,000 dollars at the same meeting for MMS LEAD Program and the Nolley Elementary Leader in Me Program. Both donations again show the strong support of past graduates of Manchester Schools for the future of our graduates to come."