Resolution approved for Clyde-Green Springs levy

Clyde-Green Springs Board of Education members approved the resolution declaring it necessary to levy a tax during the Monday meeting. They have determined that a five-year, emergency levy producing $1 million annually is needed. It now goes to the Sandusky Co. auditor to determine the millage amount.

Superintendent Dennis Haft said, “We don’t take it lightly, but the five-year forecast makes it necessary to fund the schools.” Board member Trisha Prunty said, ” We chose an emergency levy because we could set a time limit on it of five years, as many were opposed to a 10 year period.”

Treasurer Meghan Rohde recited several things the district has done to save money. LED lighting has been installed with future LED projects planned. A new vendor contract for copier/printer services will save $35,000 yearly while the district conducting its own pre-school program saves another $25-$35,000 a year. She noted the extended day contracts for next year have been cut in half saving over $18,500.

Rohde’s monthly report stated the district had a carryover of $120,000. She said the new state budget is providing the district with $272,000 next year and $389,000 in 2021 with student wellness funds for mental health and physical health services, child welfare, substance or home abuse, mentoring programs, family support and professional development. She said even with the additional funds the district would deficit spend almost $1 million.

Spanish teacher Heather Murray thanked the school board for allowing class members to take a trip to Costa Rica. Students Mikayla Marcha and Thais Ramirez shared about touring a coffee plantation, a national park and beach covered with crabs, seeing a volcano and visiting a school. They realized how blessed they were in Clyde since classes K-6th grade were in one room with two teachers. It proved to be a bonding experience for the class members.

Haft recognized Century Die Co. and First National Bank of Fremont with certificates for their internship programs after being chosen by the Ohio School Board Association for the 2019 honor roll. R&S Technologies of Bellevue and Valley View Health Campus of Fremont were also honored by the state.

Transportation Director Dan Shaffer announced that a mock bus rollover happens at 9 a.m. Aug. 10 for first responders in Green Springs near the railroad tracks.

In other matters, the board:

• Approved the treasurer’s report.

• Approved staff personnel action.

• Approved extended service contracts.

• Employed teachers as mentors for teachers who have a 4-year resident educator license for 2019-20 at $800 each.

• Employed non-certificated persons for extra duty jobs for 2019-20.

• Accepted the resignation of Melanie Jenne as resident educator coordinator, effective July 10

• Employed Melanie Jenne as a mentor for teachers holding a 4-year resident educator license.

• Approved the resolution for the calamity day alternative make-up plan for 2019-20.

• Approved the purchase of a new drive-on-lift for the bus garage from Gray Manufacturing Co, for a cost of $33,349.

• Approved the 3-year negotiated agreement with the Clyde-Green Springs OAPSE Local #415 through June 30, 2022.

• Accepted gifts and donations to the schools.

The board of education is to meet 6 p.m. July 30 for a special session to discuss finances and the levy and the next regular meeting is to be 6 p.m. Aug. 26 in Clyde city council chambers.