Beaver Local levy renewal push underway

LISBON — With the Beaver Local Board of Education placing a 4.618 mill levy renewal on the May 7 the the ballot for the primary, Superintendent Eric Lowe said the push to inform the public is already underway.

A second meeting of those working on the levy is planned for 2 p.m., March 3. Anyone interested in helping is encouraged to attend. The group will be looking at strategies for getting people out to the polls and promoting the levy on social media.

The levy, which failed by fewer than 100 votes in November, is a renewal and will continue to generate $1.2 million toward the district’s operations to cover maintenance, utilities and staff salaries.

In other financial matters, treasurer Stacy Williams told the board a final payment was recently made, which pays off the Ohio Water Development Authority loan which allowed the school to tap into the water line. Williams told the board that should free up about $16,000 annually, which was previously going toward the loan.

Additionally, Williams reported to the board the 2016-2017 Medicaid audit was recently completed by the program and she has learned the school is entitled to receive $50,000 reimbursement for that school year.

With a lot of recent delays and closures, as well as so much going on in the classroom this time of year, Lowe said a decision has been made to cancel prescheduled two hour delays. School will now start at the regular time on Feb. 20, March 6 and March 20. However, school will not be in session the day after parent teachers conferences on Friday, Feb. 15 and Monday, Feb. 18, when the school will be closed for President’s Day.

In other matters:

— The board approved an agreement with Eastern Gateway Community College to allow students to take College Credit Plus classes next school year. The board also approved the calendar for next school year with school starting for students on Aug. 26.

— The board approved a three-year supplemental contract for Joe Carr, head girls track coach; and one year supplemental contracts for Amanda Ferguson, assistant girls track coach; Craig Voorhees, head boys track coach; Matthew Kidd, assistant boys track coach; Jessica Darrah, middle school girls track coach; Mike Agnew, head baseball coach; Bobby Flint, assistant varsity baseball coach; Mark Cashdollar, head softball coach; Sam Cianni, assistant softball coach; Lori Deem, assistant softball coach; Richard Shilling, JV softball coach. Additionally, the board approved volunteers for baseball — Caleb Jackson, Mike Wolski and Jason Wolski. Finally, the board approved another volunteer, Kristen Dickey.

–The board approved a trip next year for high school choir students to go to Walt Disney World from Nov. 29 – Dec. 4.

— Lowe also informed the board about many of the recent Beaver Local student accomplishments, both athletic and academic. A video the board watched showing many of the students and what they achieved will be posted online.