Edison will leave levy on ballot

RICHMOND — The Edison Local school board on Tuesday decided to table the idea of removing a 2.1-mill emergency school levy from the 2019 ballot.

The district has a 5.9-mill renewal levy on the ballot for the Nov. 6 election, and Superintendent Bill Beattie stated that if the November levy is approved and the pipeline and gas and oil money comes through, the district would not need the 2019 levy.

But at this time board members are not ready to take that chance.

“I love the idea, but what if the pipeline or gas (money) doesn’t happen,” board Vice President Ron Smyth said. “We want the people to know that we are trying to be good stewards with their money.”

Board President Aaron Richardson agreed.

“I don’t want to say we don’t need your money now and then come back later and say we were wrong,” he said.

Board member Scott Lockhart said the district is doing well and he doesn’t believe now is the time to chance that.

“We ran for so long with nothing,” he said. “We are in a good place right now.”

The board agreed that if other streams of revenue come through, they will reconsider removing the planned 2019 levy at a later date.

In other matters, Smyth congratulated Beattie on the success of the recent golf outing fundraiser.

“Thank you for all your work on the golf outing,” he said. “I spoke to people and they said it was one of the best they have attended.”

The fundraiser on July 22 drew 120 people to Spring Hills Golf Club in East Springfield.

Beattie noted approximately $12,000 was raised that day.

Smyth also thanked the staff concerning the district’s third-annual back-to-school rally held Sunday at Edison High School.

“This year’s back-to-school rally was the best ever attended,” he said.

The first day of school for students is Aug. 22, it was noted.

In other business, the board:

¯ Approved a tuition payment to George Junior Republic, a residential treatment facility and high school in Grove City, Pa. The payment is for a former student who now is a ward of the state.

Beattie explained the Ohio Attorney General made a ruling that if a child is placed out of state, the resident school district must pay the costs associated with the student’s schooling.

“Per the attorney general, the resident district is responsible for the student’s education,” he said.

¯ Discussed bus routes for the 2018-19 school year. Transportation Director Joe DeBold said the buses are running at 80 percent capacity. He also noted the buses must run earlier than in the past so students can be at school in time for breakfast.

¯ Approved Kelly Dopp as an art teacher. She replaces Justyne Strohmeyer, who resigned.

¯ Approved Alicia Kepps as a part-time cook

¯ Accepted the resignation of Dona Herzick, bus driver.

¯ Approved an agreement for K-5 alternative school services with the Jefferson County Educational Service Center for 2018-19.

¯ Approved an agreement with the East Central Ohio ESC for audiology services.

¯ Approved an agreement with the Jefferson County Board of Developmental Disabilities.

¯ OK’d Julie Kireta, administrative assistant, as the authorized representative for federal and state programs for 2018-19.

¯ Approved speech therapy services one day a week with Toronto City Schools.

The next board meeting will be at 7 p.m. on Sept. 20 at John Gregg Elementary School.