ELIDA — Elida School District Treasure Joel Parker’s report at Tuesday’s board meeting focused on the need for the school’s proposed levy. The levy, which calls for a 5-year, 0.75-percent earned-income tax, will be on the ballot Nov. 6.
“We are an incredibly efficient and lean school district,” said Parker. “We have our budgets down but with the inventory tax gone, it impacts all areas. With that tax gone we lose $1,240,610. Couple that with state aid cuts and our funding cuts are significant.”
Parker also mentioned how the school is campaigning to get the word out and using State Representative Matt Huffman as an advisor.
The board learned Aric Thompson of Elida High School has been selected to receive the “Honda-OSU Partnership in Math Medal Award” for the class of 2013.
“His selection is based on his academic performance through the end of his junior year,” said Student Achievement Liaison Brad Settlage. “In addition to the Math Medal, Aric will receive a $100 gift card.”
Settlage was also happy to report that senior Alex Lugibihl was selected to be a member of the 2013 All-State Honors Choir. Lugibihl is the only student in Allen County to make it to State Honors Choir.
The board also approved the payment of $19.36/hour for the 2012-13 school and a maximum of 125 hours per school year to Dennis Pohlman. Pohlman is the advisor to the Elida Young Farmers Organization. The extra money is for extended school year projects for the school year.
Other salary changes included increases for Lori Burtch, Brady Overholt and Michelle Steinke, pending official transcripts, to qualify for advancement on the salary schedule effective this school year.
The board proclaimed that the week of Oct. 15-19 be National School Lunch Week. The week will focus on good nutrition education and bringing awareness to parents’ and students’ nutrition habits.
The board approved a variety of sales projects for multiple organizations. The organizations included in the approval were Reflector II (yearbook staff), Elida High School Student Council and Elida High School class of 2015. The sales projects will help with the groups’ funding.
In other business, the board:
• Approved the Elida Autumn Classic Soccer Tournament from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Oct. 21 to use the Elida Middle School and Elida Elementary soccer fields.
• Approved entering an agreement with the North Central Ohio Educational Service Center. The agreement will be for audiological services as it pertains to students with hearing impairments. The agreement will be for the 2013 fiscal year as needed; and
• Approved 27 substitute teachers.