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The Suburbanite
  • Manchester to place renewal levy on May ballot

  • Manchester Local Schools Board of Education held its 2013 organizational meeting Jan. 14 and voted to place a 9.8-mill renewal operating levy on the May 7 ballot.

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  • Manchester Local Schools Board of Education held its 2013 organizational meeting Jan. 14 and voted to place a 9.8-mill renewal operating levy on the May 7 ballot.
    Superintendent Sam Reynolds said the renewal levy is not a tax increase.
    “Voters first approved it on May 7, 1985, as a 9.8-mill, three-year levy garnering $945,140 annually,” Reynolds said. “It has been renewed six times since, as a five-year levy.”
    This most recent renewal request will be continuing, Reynolds said.
    “That means it stays on the books,” he said. “This saves money for the community and the school system since it costs money each time a levy is put on the ballot.”
    Reynolds added that while the ballot language will reflect the original 9.8 mills, the effective millage has been calculated as 5.19 mills.
    “The millage to generate the same amount of money has declined and will continue to decline as property values continue to improve,” Reynolds said. “The millage amount is flexible in that way.”
    The board also approved its fiscal year 2014 Asking Budget. This document, not to be confused with the district’s operating budget passed in September, must be submitted to the Summit County Budget Commission, which assesses the district’s need for its current tax levies.
    “The document is prepared by our treasurer, Dave Osborne, and every year the budget commission checks if we have a need,” Reynolds explained. “If they determine we don’t have a need, we won’t get that money.”
    Such a situation rarely occurs, however.
    “In my job, you don’t ask for what you don’t need,” Reynolds said.
    OTHER ACTION
    •Approved a request from Reynolds for the three-year renewal of the administrative contracts of high school assistant principal Anthony Hite, middle school principal James Miller and district director of curriculum James Robinson. Salary levels were not included in the contracts and will be determined at a future time, Reynolds said.
    • Richard Sponseller was re-elected president and Jay Hunter vice president.  
    Sponseller and Mark Tallman were named school board liaisons to the Portage Lakes Career Center; Amy Meredith was named school board legislative liaison; Sponseller as athletics liaison; and Tallman as safety liaison.
    FOR YOUR INFO
    •The appearance of the Manchester High School Academic Challenge team of seniors Sam Cope and Matt Wilson, junior Michael Miyoshi, and sophomore Colleen Wilson is not set to be broadcast until March, but the outcome was revealed at the board meeting. Manchester defeated their Challenge opponents from Indian Valley High School in Wickliffe.
    •The school board was also honored by the Ohio School Board Association as part of School Board Appreciation Month for their service to children and sharing of their talents in their role as school board members.