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Edison talks forecast, contracts

RICHMOND — Like other districts, Edison Local is feeling the pinch due to state cuts in educational funding. Leaders are now taking steps to make sure operations proceed as they submit their five-year forecast.

School board members approved the forecast during the May 21 regular session at Edison High School and District Treasurer Lisa Bruzzese will submit it to the state. Numbers will be adjusted to suit state models when those figures become available, but for now officials said they are wading into the unknown. Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine recently announced a $775 million reduction in K-12 education funds in light of the coronavirus pandemic and related shutdown, but Edison is among local school districts also being impacted by Rover Pipeline’s appeal to the Ohio Department of Taxation reduce property taxes overall by 50 percent.

“Our five-year forecast is kind of tricky,” said Superintendent Bill Beattie. “There are a lot of unknowns. Rover Pipeline is seeking a reduction and we could lose $384,000 in unpaid taxes, which we won’t see until the outcome of the decision.”

Until then, officials will monitor expenditures and adjust numbers accordingly.

“As of now, we’re still okay but we have to be very cautious with what we’re doing,” he added. “Lisa has adjusted the forecast and it has allowed for changes. Our hope is when the decision comes out it is in favor of the districts, which means we can add that additional $384,000 back in.”

The board also approved contract renewals for administrators including District Technology Coordinator Rachael Granatir, District Assistant District Tech Coordinator Tyler Roush, District Administrative Assistant Fatima Smuck and EHS Principal Matt Morrison for five years and Stanton Elementary Principal Shannah Scotch for two years.

Beattie said no raises were given and salaries are based on a salary schedule in line with the teacher’s union.

Faculty contracts were also extended for Kelly Dopp, continuing; Carla Filbert, Summer Householder, Kerianne Habbit and Jessica McCallister, five years; Stephanie Thornley, Jordan Tice, Sarah Mullings, Mycaela Ensell, Jeremy Matics, Caitlin Schultz and David Schultz, three years; Amy Bordash, Megan Evans, Derek Gulling and Natasha McConnell, two years; and Nolan Marcus, Taylor Wickham, Tiffany Moses and Sara McGee, one year.

Meanwhile, the board discussed ongoing updates at local school buildings. Beattie said work on the EHS turf project would begin on May 26 and officials were awaiting bids for bulk excavation on the master facilities project. The new turf will be placed on the multi-purpose athletic field to host football, soccer and track activities and is one part of a multi-faceted plan to add baseball and softball fields, a new 1,500-seat gymnasium, press box and more grandstand seating to unify sports at the high school campus. He noted that a pre-bid meeting was held that Thursday for improvements at John Gregg and Stanton and work will hopefully begin on June 8. That project entails adding new windows plus heating and cooling systems.

Among other action, officials:

— Approved the resignation of EHS computer teacher Sherry Dugan and teacher Morgan Starr, both effective at the end of the 2019-20 school year.

— Approved supplemental extended hours for guidance counselors Samanda Pepperling and Sara McGee at 80 hours each.

— Agreed to employ Jeremy Matics to the summer paint crew and Marissa Matics as a summer technology assistant on an as-needed basis.

— Approved 79 graduation candidates from EHS. Exercises were recorded on Monday and will be shown on WTOV- TV next Thursday.

— Approved a $3,000 donation from the Charles M. and Thelma M. Pugliese Charitable Foundation for scholarships to three graduating seniors and a $450 anonymous donation to defray senior fees.

— Returned an $11,000 advance from the athletics fund to the general fund which was given to pay game officials

through the Arbiter system.

— Learned about distance learning and end-of-year items from Assistant Superintendent Julie Kireta while

Administrative Assistant Fatima Smuck said 2,000 breakfast and lunch meals have been provided each week to district students.

— Set the next meeting for 6 p.m. June 25 at EHS.

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