COLUMBIANA - During a brief special meeting Monday city school board members approved some personnel changes and legislation placing a $4 million bond issue and $1 million tax levy on the election ballot.
The bond issue and tax levy were discussed in detail at the April 10 board meeting. Board members were in agreement that the district is in need of some financial assistance in order to continue maintaining quality buildings and education.
A first reading of the legislation was approved at the previous meeting. A second reading was approved Monday.
A majority of revenue from the 25-year bond issue will be put toward renovations at South Side Middle School, with remaining money geared toward maintaining current building sites, the Ward Athletic Complex and improving and providing additional extra-curricular facilities.
The emergency levy will go toward offsetting funding losses as a result of state cuts. The district is projected to be in the red by $1.8 million by 2016, according to the five-year forecast.
Treasurer Lori Posey has said that with the levy factored in, the district will remain in the black throughout the next five years, and longer.
The owner of a $50,000 home will pay $89.58 a year on the tax levy and $22.48 a year on the bond issue.
The board approved the following personnel matters:
- Kevin Kloss as substitute support staff for the 2011-12 school year.
- A one-year contract to Neal Chiprean. The contract is effective the beginning of the 2012-13 school year with compensation set at step 1.
- Michael Ross as assistant girls softball coach for the 2011-12 school year.
- The resignation of Dawna Horn, seventh-grade language arts teacher, effective at the end of the 2011-12 school year.