Leetonia schools projected in black

LEETONIA- The Leetonia school district is projected in the black for at least two more years, according to the five-year forecast submitted by Treasurer Jennifer Coldsnow at Thursday night’s school board meeting.

The board approved the forecast which projects a $1 million balance at the end of this fiscal year and $900,000 in 2015.

Board President Kurt Jennings noted that the revenue and expenditures remain steady for the first two years of the forecast, but then expenditures start to exceed revenue- $450,000 in 2016, $780,000 in 2017 and $900,000 in 2018- indicating that the state funding levels off at a point not meeting the district’s expenditures.

Miscellaneous: The board approved policies including a principal evaluation system that the state requires as a procedure, but Superintendent Rob Mehno said he felt more comfortable with a policy.

The board also accepted donations totaling $355 to the Ed Smith Memorial Scholarship from Randie and Lillie Kennedy, Sandy and Jay Witmer, Ryan Clapsadle, Marcia Duko, Heidi George, Debbie Bair, Gretchen Hull, Pat Troy, Marilyn Heddleson, Charles Arnfield and Cleone Smith.

Additionally the board also hired Jennifer Shar and Melissa Hupp as the a.m. and p.m. office aides (front door), respectively; granted permission for the Leetonia Area Sports Association (LASA) to hold the fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade basketball tournaments at the K-12 campus all four weekends in January; and agreed to contract with the Columbiana County Educational Service Center for para educator services for the 2013-2014 school year.

Fire lane: Mehno reported that signs have been posted prohibiting parking along the drive in front of the K-12 campus, which he said has been making it hard for buses and emergency vehicles to gain access through the fire lane. Violators are subject to a minor misdemeanor, but Mehno said he hopes it won’t come to that.

Jennings requests estimated be gathered for possible expansion of the lane so that people can park there and still leave room for the fire lane.

Rydarowicz status: Following the meeting Jennings stated that according to legal counsel board member John Rydarowicz, who is currently living outside the district, is still a legal member of the board, with a grace period of three meetings.

The next regular board meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Nov. 21 in the K-12 campus Room 20.