Clyde-GS board organizes, agrees to seek levy in May

Clyde-Green Springs Board of Education met Monday morning for its  2017 organizational meeting. Member Matt Nicely was chosen as president while Trisha Prunty is to serve as vice president.

Members set the service fund for board business at $20,000 and approved payment to board members of $80 per meeting for a maximum of 15 meetings annually.

They approved standing resolutions and added two new ones, approving the spending level of $20,000 for the superintendent without board approval and authorizing the superintendent to accept resignations delivered in a written, binding format.

New committees were formed after discussion. They include Nicely covering the recreation board and Safety Village plus the Athletic Board of Control and boosters clubs. Prunty is to be involved with curriculum, including College Credit Plus and special education. Matt Jenne is to serve as building/maintenance and safety liaison, while Denise Hamrick is to cover budget/finance duties. Nancy Greenslade is to continue as liaison to Vanguard-Sentinel Career Centers and the Committee of the Arts.

In other action, the board:

• Approved Clyde-Green Springs students to attend other districts and allow other students to attend Clyde-Green Springs schools.

• Approved appointment of Pepple & Waggoner Ltd. as suspension/expulsions hearing appeals officer.

• Set 2017 meeting dates.

• Approved the report of estimated tax revenue for fiscal year 2017.

The board moved to enter into executive session for discussion of employee compensation, with no action to be taken.

During the special meeting that followed, Treasurer Meghan Rohde reviewed the amended five-year forecast for the district. She noted state aid was less than anticipated, causing the district to have $344,000 in deficit spending. The district has a fund balance of nearly $6 million, but that will be cut in half in four years with continued deficit spending. She said the district has 89 cash-on-hand days but  90-120 days is optimal.

These figures led the board to discuss placing a levy on the ballot. Members have been undecided about placing a renewal, continuing or replacement levy before the electorate.

The permanent improvement fund balance stands at $1,070,756 and the five-year, 1.5-mill levy that has been renewed several times is collecting 0.7 mills, generating $174,000 annually.

“That would not even buy two buses,” Greenslade said.

After further discussion, the board agreed to place the renewal of a five-year, 1.5-mill permanent improvement levy on the May 2 ballot.

Members also approved a contract between the district and Vinson Consulting at a cost of $18,000. The firm is to be the data collector for the Educational Management Information System.

The board is to meet at 6 p.m. Jan. 23 in Clyde City Council chambers.