NEW FRANKLIN  The Manchester Local Board of Education took the first step to place a 5.99-mill renewal tax levy on the ballot by authorizing Treasurer Jennifer Rucker to request the Summit County Fiscal Officer to certify the tax valuation of the school district.

The five-year levy was first placed on the ballot in November 2013 as Issue 45, and approved by a narrow margin, 1,315 votes for and 1,304 against. 

"This will be the first renewal request for the levy," Rucker said. "The Summit County Fiscal Officer will determine the dollar amount of revenue that would be generated."

Once approved to be placed on the ballot, Rucker said it would appear on the November 7, 2017, election ballot. Manchester Local School Superintendent Dr. James Robinson stressed that this tax levy is a renewal and is necessary to maintain current needs.

In other business, the board:

- Approved a lease agreement with Huntington Public Capital Corporation for purchase of a new 77-passenger school bus. The purchase, a cost of $91,000, is part of a three-year cycle of reviewing the bus fleet to keep the vehicles properly maintained, said Director of Services Michael Stafford. The bus will replace one that will be put out of service. The district has a fleet of 22 buses. The new bus will be ready for use this month.  Rucker explained that the leases allows the district to pay in cash, but in installments.

- Approved three-year contracts for James France, Manchester High School principal; Christina Pappas, Nolley Elementary principal; Michael E. Stafford, director of services; Rachel Schutte, district curriculum director; Scott Ross, director of technology/assistant high school principal; and Debra Miller, food service director.

- Accepted the resignation of Carol Rea, a full-time bus driver who served for 35 years. Robinson read a note from Rea stating how she appreciated her work and the students.  

- Approved the 28 supplemental appointments; three classified appointments and one certified appointment.