|Elida considers emergency levy on August ballot|
|Tuesday, April 15, 2014 8:03 PM|
ELIDA — Placing an emergency levy on the August Special Election Ballot was the topic of the evening at Tuesday’s Elida Board of Eduction meeting.
The district needs just over $2 million each year for the next five years.
District resident Jackson Burklow was at the meeting and spoke to the board about his concerns.
“I have been a member of this community since 1963 and my two children and granddaughters have graduated from this school. I want you to know that I will not support this levy,” Burklow said. “Why are we putting this on the ballot in August? My feeling is for you to get the low voter turnout and try to slip it in. I talked to the board of elections and to put it on the ballot will cost $20,000. So far, this school has not proven to me why you need the levy. Tell us what you are going to do with the money. We, the voters, need to know that.”
Another resident, Ron Pier, spoke to the board and said he whole-heartedly agreed with Mr. Burklow but is for the levy.
“We need to make a case to the community. What is needed is to show leadership from this board to the community: where we have been, where we are at and a charted course where we are going. We need a one-time meeting with the community,” Pier said. “The teachers, board of education, staff and the new superintendent need to present your case to the voters and this should be done very soon. My first perception is why August, which is known for slow voter turnout. They will think this is a ploy to ramrod this levy through.”
Superintendent Don Diglia said there was a reason for picking an August special election.
“It is much better to put this on the ballot in August as we would not be dealing with all of the other issues on the November election and we would get lost in so many issues, and the tendency for the voter to vote no,” Diglia explained.
In other business, Elida elementary assistant principal Dan Swick and the school social worker Allison Jones presented a new program for the elementary students. The S.T.A.R.S program will be incorporated in to every aspect of the school day, including related arts, the cafeteria, recess and the bus. The S.T.A.R.S letters stand for self-control, teamwork, attitude, respect and success. Students will learn how to apply each of the pillars of this program in order to improve social skills, decrease aggressive behavior and learn to be assertive to handle conflict in a safe and healthy way.
Honored as students of the month were: Jacob Hadding, Emily Long, Lauren Sheidler, Noah Bowman, Joshua Guess, Brianna Schimpf, Jalen Williams, Jordan Greeley, Samuel Quaintance, Jordan Rothermel and Lauren Schimpf.
The board approved the following:
• Resolutions of appreciation of teachers on the occasion of National Teacher appreciation week, May 5-9; bus drivers on May 5 ;secretaries during National Administrative Professionals Week April 20-26; nurses during National Nurses Week May 6-12; and School Library Media Month and Alcohol Awareness Month in April; and
• An agreement with Allen/Oakwood Correctional Institution, to provide services, personnel and/or equipment if requested, to respond to critical incidents and emergency situations at the Allen/Oakwood Correctional Institution.
The next board meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on May 20. The public is invited.