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United projected in black for four years

HANOVERTON – The United Local school board this week approved a five-year forecast that shows a positive cash balance until the final year.

The board approve the five-year forecast, presented by Treasurer Melissa Baker, that shows a cash balance in the positive through four years, dropping from $3.7 million the first year to $347,000 in the fourth before entering a deficit of $1.6 million in the fifth. The forecast also projects deficit spending every year, starting at nearly $330,000 in the first and growing to over $1.94 million in the fifth.

Baker said the forecast is uncertain due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in addition to the usual fluidity of state funding. However, property reappraisals during the next five years are expected to increase taxes for the district, she noted in the forecast.

In other business, the board hired Jeni Stewart as elementary teacher and Tina Sanlo as short hour cook, as well as approved 40 days of extended time for Vocational Agriculture teacher Douglas Sutton for the 2020-2021 school year.

The board also granted supplemental contracts for the 2020-2021 school year to Stacey Zines for yearbook advisor, Noleen Moore for volunteer coordinator and Katie Bibri for sixth-grade chorus; and coaching contracts to Mike Ward for assistant varsity boys basketball, Nicholas Rhodes for seventh-grade boys basketball and Angela Benner for ninth-grade winter cheerleading.

Additionally, the board approved as volunteer coaches Mike Hawkins for bowling and DJ Ogilvie, Travis Ellyson, Jordan Phillips, Mike Ward, Jime Headley, Jon Newburn, Ethan Antram, Matt Brooks, Sean Weyant and Nicholas Rhodes for the weight room.

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