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  • Manchester school board: Levy renewal a possibility in 2013

  • Manchester Board of Education members took the first step in placing a renewal of the district’s 9.8-mill operating levy before voters in 2013.

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  • Manchester Board of Education members took the first step in placing a renewal of the district’s 9.8-mill operating levy before voters in 2013.
    The operating levy was first approved by voters in 1985 and has been renewed by voters each time it has expired. The board approved a resolution of necessity after meeting in executive session Dec. 18. The resolution is a request of the Summit County Fiscal Officer’s Office to certify the district’s current tax valuation and determine how much revenue the current 9.8 mills is generating.
    “They haven’t voted on anything, but are just seeing what the 9.8 mills will bring in,” said Superintendent Sam Reynolds. “We will have that information before the next meeting Jan. 14, and they will decide.”
    Several issues outside the district certainly will be playing into that decision, district Treasurer David Osborne said.
    “We are expecting there could be more state cuts,” Osborne said, noting that the Ohio state budget is required to be completed by June.
    The flow of federal stimulus money to public school districts also ended in this fiscal year, Osborne said.
    “So (the district’s operating levy) is something we are going to have to decide what to do with,” he said.
    New soccer coach is back in town
    The board also unanimously approved the hire of Edward Kissner as the new head coach of the Manchester High School girls soccer team. Following the resignation of longtime girls soccer coach Chris Boss, Reynolds — along with district athletic director Gene Schindewolf and high school principal James France- interviewed several candidates before selecting Kissner, Reynolds said.
    “He was the boys high school soccer coach from 1994 to 2004,” Reynolds said. “In more recent years — in 2006 and 2007 and again from 2010 to the present — he coached the girls in the Manchester Youth Soccer program.”
    Reynolds said this in-house feeder system will help ensure the future success of the high school team.
    “He has vision for the girls program because he has coached the youth and sees the talent coming up,” Reynolds said of the new coach. “He feels they can continue to be successful and competitive.”
    Kissner’s annual salary of $3,643 is based on the district’s current negotiated contract with all teachers union members, which puts incoming coaches at 11 percent of the base teacher salary of $33,120 per year.
    “The reason we wanted to get this approved is because Coach Kissner wants to get some footwork practice sessions in as early as the first of the year,” Reynolds said.
    Shoot-a-thon a shot in arm for middle school basketball teams
    The district’s seventh- and eighth-grade basketball teams will be looking better coming and going off the court following two shoot-a-thon events last month.
    Page 2 of 2 - “We raised close to $1,000 to buy warm-ups for the team, so now they will all match,” said eighth-grade coach Kurt Snyder.
    “Each team member could get sponsor for how many foul shots they made, or they could receive a flat donation.”
    A first-year coach at Manchester, Snyder said he has organized shoot-a-thons at other schools and found them to be a very successful fundraising vehicle.
    “It seems to be a good way to take the pressure off of parents — instead of having them go out and pay for things like this,” he said.  “And what's good about it too is, when there is a player who raises more than another player — who may not have the same financial means — it can help that player out.”
    In other words, the team fundraiser is a true team effort.
    The school board formally accepted the 8th grade shoot-a-thon donations, along with the $1,055 raised by the 7th grade event, at the Dec. 18 meeting.