United to seek 3-mill levy again

HANOVERTON- The United Local school board will make a second attempt at a permanent improvement levy in November.

The board Thursday morning agreed to pursue the same 3-mill permanent improvement levy to generate $376,700 annually that failed by 200 votes in May. Schools Superintendent Steve Viscounte said he is unsure whether the board will remain with a continuous levy or attempt a five- or 10-year one.

Monies generated by the levy must be used for projects that extend the life of the item by five years, such as boilers, windows and roofs.

Viscounte said May’s result is encouraging, adding that the board will make a more concerted effort to inform the public of the levy.

“It only failed by 200 votes (in May),” he said. “This time around we hope to be more visible, communicate more with the public so that they can make as informed a decision as possible.”

In other business the board accepted the resignation effective July 31 of Assistant Elementary Principal Ed Ridgeway and technology coordinator and teacher Sarah Durham. The board also accepted the supplemental resignations of Ridgeway as track coordinator and Durham as assistant volleyball coach and TV studio coordinator.

The board also hired Jennifer Russo as a fifth-grade teacher and Angie Chaplow as a bus driver.

Additionally the board approved the bid solicitation for a handicap bus, one of such the current fleet does not include. Viscounte said the bus will be included in the regular fleet and used for students with special needs.