NEW FRANKLIN The finances are looking strong for Manchester Local Schools for the next five years.

During the Nov. 19 board meeting, the board approved the five-year-forecast update which will soon be uploaded to the Ohio Department of Education’s website.

District Treasurer Jennifer Rucker said the forecast is positive for all five years as long as the two renewal issues are approved. She said there also will be negotiations coming up for both union contracts.

The board also approved beginning the process to place two renewal issues on the March 17, 2020, ballot.

Superintendent James Robinson said the issues were passed a long time ago are not new taxes.

In other business Nov. 19, the board:

• Approved the student activity purpose statements and estimated budgets for the fiscal year 2019. These are for clubs and sports teams on how much they plan to bring in and how the money will be spent.

• Approved a service agreement with Education Alternatives for education services provided.

• Approved a service agreement with Sheree Ricketts, Teacher of The Visually Impaired, for education services provided.

• Approved to create a new fund called Student Wellness and Success. The fund will have $45,000 in it from the state this year which has to be used for student wellness programs. Robinson said the amount the district receives is based on the poverty level in the district. He said Manchester has very low poverty and it obtains the least amount of funding out of any school in Summit County. Next year, the district is expected to receive $65,000 from the state. He said funding is not guaranteed beyond two years.

• Approved the retirement of Scott Cantrell, high school English teacher, at the end of the school year.

• Approved the 2020-21 school calendar.

• Approved the wrestling team’s overnight trip to the Classic Waterloo Tournament from Dec. 20 through Dec. 21.

• Approved the wrestling team’s overnight trip to J.C. Gorman Wrestling Tournament at Mansfield High School from Jan. 3 through Jan. 4.

• Approved eight donations for the district. Of the eight donations, five were for the school lunch donation account totaling $290.

• Approved the second reading of 17 policy updates.

• Held the first reading for five policy updates.

• Heard from Robinson who thanked the community for supporting the recenlty passed bond issue. He said it was a long time coming and he thanked the board for all their hard work. Robinson said the building projects will take some time. "It not like going to a fast-food restaurant," Robinson said. "It won't pop up tomorrow."

The next Manchester Schools board meeting is at 6 p.m. Dec. 17 at Manchester High School.