Salem school board takes steps to seek levy renewal

SALEM – Salem city school board members approved the first step to possibly seek renewal of a 2-mill permanent improvement levy on the May 7 primary ballot.

The board met early Thursday for its organizational meeting to kick off the new year, approving a resolution to be sent to the Columbiana County auditor to calculate and certify the amount of revenue that would be generated by the levy renewal.

The voters last renewed the levy in November 2007 for a five-year length of time, which is the same time period being sought this time around.

Once the county auditor’s office certifies the possible income amount for the levy, the school board will have to make a decision on whether to place the levy on the ballot.

During the meeting, Andrew Null was selected as the new board president, with Steve Bailey selected as vice president. Regular meetings will be held at 7 p.m. on the third Monday of each month at the high school library or any other designated school building.

The following committees were assigned at Superintendent Tom Bratten’s recommendation: building and grounds, Bailey and Null; audit and finance, Bailey and Howard Rohleder; employee relations, Rohleder and Brad Myers; community relations, Null and Myers; and education and tech, Nick Bush and Rohleder.

The board also approved several authorizations required for purchasing, federal and state project participation and other routine financial maneuvers required for the operation of the district.

Dr. Walter Dombroski was appointed as the school medical director for the year and the Salem News was designated as the official newspaper for legal ads and notices. Legal advisors approved were Britton, Smith, Peters & Kalail Co. LPA and Roetzel & Andress.

The regular meeting for the month will be held at 7 p.m. Jan. 24 in the high school library.

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