|Both school levies pass|
|Tuesday, May 06, 2014 8:25 PM|
BY NANCY SPENCER
DELPHOS — It was win all the way around for Delphos as voters approved both Delphos City Schools levy renewals. Superintendent Kevin Wolfe was pleased and relieved.
“We are grateful and humbled the district voters have give us their approval and continued support,” Wolfe said. “Even though they were renewals and didn’t create an extra burden on taxpayers, we didn’t take it for granted.”
The 5.5-mill Operating Levy, which generates $853,000, 10 percent of the district’s General Fund, was approved 859 to 39. Monies from the levy go into the General Fund for salaries
The 2.25-mill Permanent Improvement Levy was given the nod 869 to 383. It 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 working on our buildings to maintain them and prevent more costly repairs,” Wolfe said. “The PI levy helps us keep up with aging buildings and the issues they present as well as routine maintenance to buildings and grounds. We will also replace a school bus this year.”
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.
“The passage of these levies ensures we can provide the best, safest environment conducive to learning for our students,” Wolfe added.