Seneca East honors local business

The Seneca East Board of Education recognized a local business for its strong support of the school system during their meeting Monday night. Casey Enders of Choice Lawn Care was presented with the Ohio School Boards Association Business Honor Roll Award for the continued support and generous donations the business has made to the school.

Superintendent Laura Kagy said that the district would be starting its 50th school year this week. She said plans were in the works to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the district with the entire community coming up in March. Kagy also said that Student Resource Officer Rob Swartz was settling in well and would be a great addition this year.

Kagy reported that it was time to begin the process to renew the district’s income tax levy. The 1% income tax is a renewal of the current tax, so taxes would not increase. The tax would raise about $1.1 million for the district and would go on the ballot in the March 2020 primary election. The board approved the resolution of necessity for the tax.

Treasurer Laura Brickner said that the district had seen the benefit of a great grant-writing effort going into the school year. The board approved grants of $6,079 from North Central Electric for augmented reality goggles and $10,000 from America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education for STEM education. They also accepted a donation of $10,000 from Sutton Bank for the cross country program.

Finally, Kagy announced that this would be the final school year for Dana Willman (Leber), teacher and band director. Willman is starting her 31st year of teaching, and said in her farewell letter, “It was a great joy to spend my entire career at Seneca East. I would not have chosen to teach anywhere else. I’m looking forward to a great last year.” The board accepted Willman’s retirement.

The next board meeting is to be 6:30 p.m. Sept. 16.