Believing it will do more harm than good to the local school district, the Green Local Schools Board of Education rejected a plan from the city for a 15-year, 100 percent tax abatement to bring Seco Machines from Jackson Township into Green.
During its most recently meeting, Green board members heard a summation from representative Mary Jo Shannon Slick about the ongoing community reinvestment area tax abatement council is offering the company, which plans to bring nearly 100 jobs into the city by relocating its headquarters to a new building at the corner of Greensburg and Mayfair roads.
In her presentation, Slick cited problems with the amount of money the city has cited, stating that were three conflicting figures as to how much the district would receive with the abatement.
In addition, she said original letter named the wrong company and there have also been questions raised about the ability to meet deadlines for notification and other financial interpretations of how funds would be reimbursed.
School board members believe the proposal would do the school district financial harm, while insuring little loss to the city. They want to work on what they believe would be a more fair and equitable agreement for both sides.
During its most recent city council meeting, Green officials moved forward with the abatement, and Councilman At-Large and Finance Committee Chairman Chris Humphrey hoped school officials would "act quickly," as state law gives six months for an agreement to be reached.
"The Green Local Schools will be getting north of $50,000 for what was a farm field they were getting nothing for," Humphrey said during the Sept. 13 council meeting.
In other business, the board:
- Heard a report on the newly issued State Report Card from Assistant Superintendent Dan Lowmiller. Green received a "C" in the report, the first time this system has been used to evaluate schools in Ohio. Lowmiller went into a analysis of the various components of the report card and cited where Green had problems and showed where there were what were perceived to be conflicts in the evaluation process.
The new reporting system downrated the vast majority of schools across the state from previous report cards. It is the latest in a series of tests/report cards designed to show how Ohio schools are performing that seem to appear every few years out of the State Department of Education in Columbus.
- Director of Communications Julie McMahan gave a report on the upcoming "Community Wetlands Day," which will be held Saturday at the wetlands sight at Green Middle School on Steese Road. The day will be open to the public. The school system, the city of Green, the Green library and Stark Education Services, along with community businesses and individuals, will be involved in the opening.
- The board also recognized two groups at the meeting. The Students of the Month honored were Karrington Bardell, Green Early Learning Center; Gabriel Casp, Green Primary; Brycen Hosey, Green Intermediate; Shareef Awadallah, Green Middle; and Lexi Breitenstine and Stewart Schmidt, Green High School. The board recognized retirees and their years of service. These were Lynda Braun, 15 years as an aide; Beth Burch, 30 years as a teacher; Roberta Cassell, 11 years as an aide; Rita Gearheart, 9 years as a teacher; Susan Reed, 31 years as an aide; Ann Sutphin, 24 years as a teacher; and Bonnie Thomas, 19 years as a custodian.
- The board approved the regular meeting minutes from the Aug. 22 meeting and the minutes from the special meeting on Sept. 9. It also approved the payment of bills as recommended by the superintendent and treasurer, and the fiscal year 2017 permanent appropriations presented by the treasurer in the amount of $47,935,240.57. It also passed the normal Consent Calendar.
- Green City Councilman Steven Dyer talked during the public portion of the meeting concerning the report card. Dyer discussed his view of the report and talked about his further efforts to make the reporting system more accurate and meaningful.
The board adjourned into Executive Session at 8 p.m.
The next board meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 24 in the Central Administration Building in Council Chambers.