United officials review 3-mill levy information

HANOVERTON – Two board members are concerned that information regarding the 3-mill continuous permanent improvement levy on the May 7 ballot is confusing residents.

Mike Ellyson and Sue Drotleff said they’ve heard that some people think there are two levies on the ballot. That is not correct. There is the only the 3-mill levy and it will generate $376,700 annually.

Drotleff said the current, or old, 1.4-mill levy will lapse at yearend and the 3-mill levy, if passed will take it’s place resulting in a net increase of 1.6-mills.

Treasurer Kathy Davies said the current 1.4-mill levy is being collected at an “effective rate” of 1.3-mills.

The 1.4 mill levy was first passed in 1984, Ellyson said, restating the millage is 1.4 and will increase by 1.6 mills to a total of 3-mills if voters approve it.

The money will be used for facility renovation and repairs.

On a house valued at $150,000 the annual tax from passing the 3-mill levy will be $137.81 yearly or $11.48 a month; on a $100,000 home it will be $91.8 yearly or $7.66 a month; on a $90,000 home it will be $82.69 yearly or $6.89 a month; on an $80,000 home it will be $73.50 yearly or $6.13 a month; on a $70,000 home it will be $64.31 yearly or $5.36 a month; on a $60,000 home it will be $55.13 or $4.59 a month; on a $50,000 home it will be $45.94 yearly or $3.83 a month; and on a $40,000 home it will be $36.75 annually or $3.06 a month.

In other business, the school board hired Michael Leone of Alliance as the new athletic director with a three-year contract after 20 people applied and six candidates were interviewed.

He will replace Chuck Greenwood who has been employed by the district for almost 33 years. Leone, 46, will earn $70,633 a year as per the administrative salary schedule with three years experience and a master’s degree.

A United Local graduate, Leone served as the Marlington athletic director for three years and is currently the dean of students in the district. He has served as a math instructor and as a career-based intervention coordinator there.

He earned his bachelors degree in math and masters degree in educational administration at Youngstown State University and holds a principal’s license.

His contract runs from Aug. 1, 2013 to July 31, 2016. There are more than 300 student athletes form seventh grade through 12.

In other business, the board approved supplemental contracts for the 2013-14 school year for Matthew Mowrey, boys basketball (Step 3), Sam Mathias, girls basketball (Step 3), Raymond O’Flaherty, girls soccer (Step 3), Stacey Zines, football cheerleading (Step 14).

Mowrey was voted on separately with one member voting against the contract.

The board also approved 17 certified staff contracts at the high school and 14 at the elementary school for the 2013-14 school year; and seven classified staff contracts for the school year; while approving extended time for seven certified staff members.

The board also approved the addition of Cheryl Saling of Louisville to the classified list as a bus driver, pending completion of state requirements.

Also approved was one class and an intervention program offered for the summer depending on student enrollment.

A donation for $490 to the eighth grade from the PTO was approved for a trip to Washington, D.C.; a $100 donation to the high school from the PTO for the English festival was approved; and the afterprom parents for the Class of 2015 requested permission to hold a fund raiser during track season to sell umbrellas ($15) and weather-proof blankets ($25) to benefit the 2014 afterprom.

The board also approved the resignation of Stacey Zines as varsity basketball cheerleading advisor with a unanimous vote.

Board President John Zehentbauer advised the board that he toured the M3 Momentum plant under construction in Kensington and the plant its linked to Scio on Wednesday.

He explained the school district will receive no tax money on revenue from the Kensington plant but “only on the structure itself for real estate” taxes.

It will be minimal “in the big scheme of things,” he said and Ellyson, after Zehentbauer noted the estimated $900 million Scio operation is already at $1.2 billion wondered, “If they’ve reached those kinds of numbers, the tax has got to be high.”

Zehentbauer said, “But it’s only on the structure” and noted at the Kensington plant that the two recently installed towers cost $1.5 million each but are, by law, not considered part of the structure that taxes apply to. Zehentbauer said the money coming into the district will be “almost unchanged … we’re only going to benefit minimally …”

Ellyson asked, “How can that be changed?”

Zehentbauer said, “Legislatively …”

Larry Shields can be reached at lshields@salemnews.net