United board seeks levy millage numbers for May

HANOVERTON- The United school board Wednesday night passed resolutions to seek millage amounts for two separate possible levies on the May ballot.

The board will get the millage for a straight renewal of its permanent improvement levy that generates $176,000 annually. It is also getting millage for an alternate renewal plus increase of the levy that will raise the money generated back to the original 3 mills that passed in 1984.

According to Treasurer Kathy Davies, based on the recommendation from the county auditor’s office, the board can attempt the renewal with increase instead of a traditional replacement levy so that the homestead and rollback benefits for taxpayers will remain in place. A replacement levy would eliminate the now-defunct benefits.

Only one of levies would appear on the ballot.

In other business the board re-appointed Davies as treasurer through July 31, 2019.

Also at the meeting the board approved supplemental contracts for the 2013-2014 school year to Troy Brunner, varsity boys track; Nancy Miller, varsity girls track; Jason Swiger, assistant varsity boys track; Denise Ward, assistant varsity girls track; Ryan Burd, varsity softball; Sam Mathias, assistant varsity softball; Bob Manfull, varsity baseball; Todd Sarchet, varsity boys tennis; Lucinda Neiswanger, play director; and Nicole Doyle, assistant play director.The board also approved Brunner and Miller as volunteer coaches for indoor boys and girls track, respectively.

The board also approved supplemental contracts for the 2014-2015 school year to Mike Ward, varsity football, and Sarchet, golf.

Additionally the board approved an unpaid leave of absence from Jan. 6 through 22 to MaryAnn Prosko for family matters and accepted donations of $1,000 from the PTO for high school technology, $100 from the Sebo family for football, $2,447 from the Parent After Prom Committee to the junior class and $250 from the PTO for the elementary SOAR program.

High School Principal Bill Young reported that Librarian Denise Ward has secured two grants to fund the purchase of new junior high reader books to support the new Guided Reading program- $3,000 from the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation and $2,500 from the Walmart Foundation.

The board also recognized outgoing board members John Zehentbauer and Sue Drotleff for their years of service on the board, presenting them with plaques, and observed a moment of silence for the late United supporter Jean Rhodes.