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Operating levies headed to May ballot

By Beth Church
A renewal of two school operating levies is headed for the May 2 ballot.
At a January 9 meeting, the Rossford Board of Education approved resolutions of necessity supporting the two 7.9-mill, five-year property tax levies.
The district collects about $3 million from each, which totals 25 percent of its revenue, Superintendent Dan Creps said.
Primarily the funds cover personnel salary and benefits, he added.
“Both of these are renewals, so they are not new taxes,” Mr. Creps said.
One operating levy was first approved in 1992 and the other in 2002, and have been renewed by voters since then. They expire in December 2017.
The superintendent noted that the school district has made substantial budget cuts in the past few years.
“We’ve had to make some tough decisions–we closed a building, and eliminated staff and some programming,” he explained. “I think we’ve shown we have been very good stewards of this money, and we’ll continue to demonstrate that.”
The deadline for issues to be submitted to the Wood County Board of Elections is February 1 to appear on the May ballot.
The two-part process requires the board to approve a second resolution to proceed with the levies, which is on the agenda for the board’s January 23 meeting.

Organizational Items
Also at the organizational meeting, Dawn Burks was re-elected board president and Jackie Huffman re-elected vice president.
The board approved the issuance of a $20,000 bond for the board of education president, plus a $9,500 service fund used to pay board expenses, such as attending seminars and conferences.
They established the pay rate for returning board members as $125 per meeting, and $112.50 per meeting for newly elected members.
The board also appointed legal counsels for the year: Ohio School Boards Association; Scott, Scriven LLP; Spitler Huffman LLP; Spengler, Nathanson, Heyman, McCarthy and Durfee; Squire, Sanders and Dempsey; Bricker and Eckler; and Robison, Curphey and O’Connell.

Committee Appointments
Board members also decided on committee membership:
Recreation Committee representative: Ms. Burks.
Legislative Liaison/ Northwest Ohio School Boards Legislative Committee, subcommittee on planning representative: Sharon Belkofer, alternate Tiffany Densic.
Tax Incentive Review Council Enterprise Zone/City representative: Mrs. Huffman.
Technology Committee: Kent Murphree.
Negotiations Committee: Mrs. Densic, Mr. Murphree.
Policy Committee: Mr. Murphree, Mrs. Belkofer.
District Leadership Team: Mrs. Huffman, Mr. Murphree.
Finance Committee: Ms. Burks, alternate Mrs. Belkofer.
Facilities Committee: Mrs. Huffman, Mr. Murphree.
City Council liaison: Mrs. Belkofer.
Township liaison: Mrs. Huffman, alternate Mrs. Belkofer.
Safety Committee: Mrs. Huffman.
Former school board member Ken Sutter will continue to serve as the district’s representative on the Penta Career Center board.
“He’s done an outstanding job, and the board felt very confident he will continue to serve well,” Mr. Creps said after the meeting.

Other Business
In other business, the school board:
•Adopted a budget for fiscal year 2018.
•Accepted the retirement of D.J. Hiner, choral director, effective May 31.
•Approved Angela Rowe as a volunteer at Glenwood Elementary for 2016-17.
•Approved 2017 membership dues with the Ohio Education Policy Institute.
•Approved a revision to the cost statement for the 2017 fiscal year contract with the Wood County Educational Service Center.
•Approved a trip request for the RHS Drama Club to the Ohio Educational High School Theatre Conference in Dublin, Ohio March 24 to 26.
•Met in executive session to discuss personnel, but took no action afterward.

2017 Rossford Board of Education Meetings
Meetings are held Mondays at 6:30 p.m., in the Indian Hills board room, 401 Glenwood Road, and are open to the public.
January 23
February 22
March 13
April 17
May 15
June 19
July 17
August 21
September 18
October 16
November 20
December 18


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Rossford lies at the heart of the Crossroads of America, an area experiencing tremendous economic growth, located at the crossroads of Interstate 75 and the Ohio Turnpike. The city's population of approximately 6,000 is primarily a mix of descendants of Polish, Czechoslovakian, German and Ukrainian workers who came from Pennsylvania to work at the glass plant, now Pilkington.

Rossford was incorporated as a village in 1939 and as a city in 1971. The City is a municipal corporation which operates under its own charter and is governed by a mayor and seven-member City Council. Rossford is served by full-time police and part-time fire departments, dispatched from the neighboring Village of Walbridge.

The City maintains a Community Recreation Center and three parks, one of which,Veterans Memorial Park, features a seasonal marina along with picnic areas and diamonds and courts for baseball, tennis, basketball and volleyball.

Rossford has three elementary schools, Glenwood, Indian Hills and Eagle Point, a junior high and high school and All Saints parochial school for grades pre-kindergarten through eight.

The city boasts a public library and many service and community organizations such as the Rossford Business Association, Lions Club and Veterans of Foreign Wars. Its Rossford Community Service League sponsors annual activities such as a Valentine's Day Dance, Easter egg hunt, Halloween, Memorial Day parades and their Christmas tree lighting.

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