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Thursday, May 16, 2013 12:01 AM


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OTTOVILLE — Ottoville School District voters will get a reprieve on taxes beginning in 2014. The school board voted unanimously Wednesday to allow the district’s Five-year Emergency Levy to expire this year and not place it on the ballot for renewal in November. The 2.7-mill levy was voted in at $150,521 per year.

While focusing on finances, Treasure Bob Weber outlined the district’s Five-year Forecast. The school’s ending balance on June 30 is projected at $3,634,496; June 30, 2014, $3,482,664; June 30, 2015, $2,885,837; June 30, 2016, $1,893,443; and June 30, 2017, $474,255.


Weber pointed to the revenue portion of the report with increases in Real Estate taxes and the school’s Income Tax Levy but declines in state funding and with the elimination of the Tangible Personal Property Tax.


On the expenditure’s side, Weber noted increases in wages and benefit costs, Obamacare and purchased services. He also brought attention to the ever-rising costs of property tax fees, bank charges and fees, liability insurance and audits required by the state every other year.

The forecast is to be submitted to the Ohio Department of Education by May 31.

The board also approved a list of 50 graduates for the class of 2013. Commencement is set for 1 p.m. Sunday in the school’s gymnasium.

School Guidance Counselor Mark Knott submitted his intent to resign/retire effective May 31. The school board thanked Knott for his 30-plus years of service to the district.

With just days left in Ottoville’s academic year, school board members started on measures for the summer and the 2013-14 school year. They approved:

• Continuing membership in the Ohio High School Athletic Association for the 2013-14 school year;

• Rick Fischer, Ralph Luersman and Dave Kimmet as van drivers for the purpose of towing the band trailer for parades, contests and shows for the 2013-14 school year;

• All head coaches to use school facilities for their sports camps or clinics during the spring/summer 2013 with the stipulation that all receipts and expenditures from such camps be processed through the treasurer’s office:

• Erin Gudakunst to use school facilities for a dance recital. The building will be used May 22-24. All necessary forms have been collected; and

• The Ottoville Fire Department to use school facilities for Fire Convention meeting from 7 a.m. to noon on June 15:

High School Principal Jon Thorbahn reported the school’s recent annual Cancer Walk generated more than $7,500 and was a success with compliments from students, staff and the community.

Superintendent/Elementary Principal Scott Mangas updated the board in the final days of the year. His students will have field days on Monday and Tuesday and school will dismiss for the year for all grades at 1 p.m. on Wednesday.

In other business, the board:

• Accepted the following donations and miscellaneous payments to Ottoville Local Schools: $1,028.50 General Mills Box Tops for Education; $464.98 Putnam County Education Service Center Wellness Stipend; and $993.15 from the Chase Bank Ultimate Rewards Program;

• Congratulated Warren Bowery and Cory Boecker and the cast and crew of “Peter Panic” for their excellent performance on April 19 and 20:

• Moved James Brown to the Masters plus-15 level of education. Brown will be placed on this salary scale at the beginning of the 2013- 14 school year;

• Approved Logan Kortokrax, Zach Weber, Jacob Turnwald, Brandon Kimmet and Brandt Landin as student workers on an as-needed basis for summer 2013. They will be operating mowers as well as other school equipment and paid the state minimum wage; and

• Approved the Memorandum of Understanding for Dual Credit – Post Secondary Enrollment Option Instruction between James A. Rhodes State College and Ottoville High School.

The next meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. June 19 in the board room in the elementary wing.

Last Updated on Thursday, May 16, 2013 12:04 AM

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