Financial picture improves at Mohawk, treasurer reports

Sycamore – At Monday’s meeting of the Mohawk Local Schools Board of Education, Treasurer Roy Swartz shared good financial news. He said the district now can plan for the long term.

Income for 2014 was higher than anticipated. Wyandot County real estate re-evaluation, increases in income tax revenue and an increase in state funding produced $500,000 more than the previous forecast.

Being in a better fiscal position, Swartz plans to earmark 20 percent of the income tax revenue for a capital improvement fund for the next five years, then 10 percent after that and $200,000 for the next five years to build a rainy day fund.

Built into the forecast are base salary increases, the first in four years for the district; a 5-percent increase in health insurance costs and replacement of the chiller, visitor-side football bleachers and track.

“It’s a pretty good forecast. I like the plan to set aside money,” Swartz said.

Superintendent Ken Ratliff said the district is to install a new drain tile at the McCutchenville property as soon as the ground dries.

Elementary principal Nelle Nutter announced all third-graders have met the third-grade reading guarantee.

Band director Linsey Cool presented a proposal for a band and choir trip to Nashville sometime next year.

The board also:

Accepted the resignation of Melody Lambert, effective April 25, and the retirement of Richard Burnside, effective May 31.

Continued membership in Ohio High School Athletic Association.

Adopted a five-year financial forecast.

Contracted with Wyandot County General Health District for school hearing screen services; with Avita Health System for five years for athletic trainer services; and cooperative agreements with North Central Ohio Education Services Center.

Accepted a bid of $83,337 for a handicapped bus.

In personnel matters, the board hired teachers for summer school and Brad Weaver as head girls basketball coach. Two-year contracts were approved for Lois Hawley, David Jones and Elaine King and a one-year contract for Harry Traxler.

The board also passed a resolution stating it “strongly opposes” removing the phrase “thorough and efficient” from Article VI section 2 of the Ohio Constitution, which would impact school funding.