SHERWOOD — The Central Local Board of Education passed a resolution Monday to proceed with an income tax on the Fairview school district.
The tax will be at the rate of 0.5% annually. If passed, the tax would be used for permanent improvements and would last 10 years beginning next Jan. 1.
The matter will be decided by voters on Nov. 5.
With the passage of the resolution, school treasurer Kerry Samples will send it to the Defiance County Board of Elections for placement on the fall ballot.
Superintendent Steve Arnold also praised the work of the numerous volunteers who are working to make the school more visible, and present it in a positive light.
Among the plans for increasing visibility and goodwill are to have students become pen pals with senior citizen residents, who would then come to school and meet the people they correspond with. Plans also exist to invite farmers to Fairview FFA events; send gift cards; feature more student-centered newsletter content; update the school website and Facebook page throughout summer; increase visibility in the press; and place yard signs labeled “Fairview Pride” throughout the district.
A separate website, also entitled “Fairview Pride” and unrelated to the goodwill efforts or the levy, also exists.
“I think we’re building a positive image and moving forward,” said Arnold, who said he has recently spoken at St. John Lutheran Church and other locations. He indicated he would speak at any place that would ask him, but that he would not speak at any function unless he was invited there.
Board member Roger Zeedyk also indicated hearing positive feedback from other district residents about the district.
“It’s been a good year,” said Arnold of his first year at Fairview, a statement echoed by the other members.
The board also failed to pass a motion rescinding the high school handbook’s passage last month. A problem stemmed from allowing students to take part in extracurricular activities if they had an F for a grading period.
While the board conceded that more than one F would be grounds to prohibit participation in extracurriculars, members were divided over whether one F would warrant suspension from after-school activities.
Arnold said “I believe strongly” in what the present student handbook had in this matter and added supporting a bit of leniency.
Board president Scott Schindler concurred, stating he did not see the current plan Fairview has in place as failing to work for students.
Board member David Karlstadt believed the emphasis should remain in granting extra help to get student grades up and suggested that it was unfair to prohibit students from going on field trips for financial reasons over which the student could not control, while allowing extracurricular participation despite a poor grade, which students often can control.
“The real world does not allow second chances,” said Zeedyk.
Ultimately Karlstadt and Zeedyk voted in favor of rescinding but were outnumbered by Schindler, Jennifer Johns and Jeff Timbrook.
In other business, the board:
• accepted the resignation of Brady Ruffer as assistant elementary principal. Ruffer, who is moving on to Evergreen Middle School as principal. He was given well wishes and applause by those in attendance.
• accepted the resignation of elementary intervention specialist Courtney Cobb for personal reasons.
• employed Sarah Dominique of Archbold as a physical science teacher. Dominique replaces Jenny Pittinger.
• employed Lindsay Froelich of Defiance as a school counselor.
• noted three students were nominated to receive the Excellence in Youth Leadership Award from Holy Cross Catholic School in their grade categories. Nominated were Airees Davenport (middle school), Evan Mallett (high school) and Mackenzie Wolfrum (elementary school).
• praised student Gracie Brown, who has been selected for Camp Med medical camp at the University of Toledo this week.
• noted student Apache Award winners Riley Froelich and Scott Hicks.
• heard plans are moving forward with new safety installments at the elementary school, including an apparatus preventing entrance through doors, office panic buttons, and more cameras outside the building.
• passed a resolution to purchase two 78-passenger school buses through funds received through the Ohio School Council. The funds have not been received as of yet, and exact costs of the buses were not known.
• approved temporary appropriations, with permanent appropriations for 2019-20 likely to pass in September.
• praised graduated seniors and fifth-graders.
• heard end-of-course testing results have come in at 85%, up from 80% last year.
• praised spring sports teams, notably the softball team, which performed at regionals, and the GMC champion boys track team.
• approved the elementary student handbook.
• transferred $125,000 from the general fund to the capital projects fund.
• transferred $40,000 from the general fund to the food service fund. Board treasurer Kerry Samples said that school cafeterias all over the area have been having difficulty, including Fairview’s. Plans to improve the cafeteria service at Fairview are underway. It also was noted that some Paulding County schools have been eliminating staff members or reducing hours.
• set a $5 fee for the high school’s Introduction to Business course for the fall.