|District voters to see two City Schools renewals|
|Friday, April 11, 2014 8:00 PM|
BY NANCY SPENCER
DELPHOS — District voters will see two renewal levies on the May 6 Primary Ballot. A 5.5-mill Operating Levy and a 2.25-mill Permanent Improvement Levy, both with a term of five years, will seek voter approval.
The Operating Levy generates nearly 10 percent of the district’s General Fund at 853,000.
“This levy is crucial to the General Fund and to maintain what we have,” Superintendent Jeff Wolfe said. “It’s not a new tax so it doesn’t raise anyone’s tax rate but it’s imperative to the district.”
If the levy fails, Wolfe said additional cuts would have to be made in personnel and student offerings.
“We aren’t asking for any new money; we just want to keep what we have, give our students the best education possible and continue to be an Excellent School District on the State Grade Card,” Wolfe said. “We are at bare bones.”
The Permanent Improvement Levy generates $264,000 a year and in its life has re-roofed and maintained buildings and grounds. It has also provided buses, computers and other 5-year life equipment needed to provide students with an education.
The levy was first approved at 2.5 mills in 1996, was renewed in 2000, was reduced to 2.25 mills on its second renewal in 2004 and renewed in 2009.
“We are always looking at repairs and maintenance on our buildings,” Wolfe said. “We have older buildings and you have to keep up with them. We are looking at some of the floors at the middle school as well as a new roof and work on the brick facade. The boiler in the school is also obsolete. We don’t know how long it will last and it will be costly to replace.”
Jefferson Middle School is the oldest building maintained by the district at 102 years. Franklin Elementary School was built in the early 60s and Jefferson High School was built in the 70s.