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Wayne Trace Junior/Senior High School music teacher Joni Wenninger (standing, left) introduced senior band members Clark Laukhuf (standing, second from left), Emily Williams (standing, second from right) and Madison Coyne to the Wayne Trace Local Board of Education on Monday. Wenninger gave a presentation, and the seniors shared their experiences of participating in band.

HAVILAND — The first step toward putting a renewal levy on the November ballot was taken by the Wayne Trace Local Board of Education during its meeting Monday. The board approved the five-year fiscal forecast, heard a presentation about the band and was updated about a Tax Increment Finance (TIF) agreement.

The board approved a resolution declaring it a necessity of raising $846,000 annually for district purposes. This was necessary to start the process for putting a 0.75% renewal income tax levy on the ballot in November.

“This is our initial resolution for us to send to the Ohio Department of Taxation, and after they receive it, they will come back to us with the amount the 0.75% will generate,” said treasurer Lori Davis. “After that, we send that information on to our attorney, and then we will come back with another resolution for you to approve to put the renewal levy on the ballot for November.”

Davis presented the annual May five-year forecast, with updates from the October five-year forecast presentation. Davis explained that expenditures will be higher than revenue for fiscal year 2019, with the district in the red $1,972,528. The forecast has the district in the black for fiscal year 2020, with deficits for fiscal years 2021-23.

The treasurer pointed out that the state’s bi-annual budget will not be approved until July 1, which leads to many uncertainties, and that she can’t count levies that are currently on the books, but will have to be passed in future years.

“A lot depends on how state funding goes in the future (when putting together the forecast), but I can tell you we’re paying close attention to it,” said Davis.

The board unanimously passed the forecast.

Music teacher Joni Wenninger was in attendance with three senior band students to discuss the year that band has had, including recently earning a superior rating at the OMEA state music contest for the second straight year. Wenninger shared in detail what appearances the marching band made, what appearances the concert band made, and what the band has scheduled for the rest of the school year.

Seniors Clark Laukhuf, Emily Williams and Madison Coyne each shared a little bit about their year. Laukhuf explained, “Everyone in band is like a family,” Williams shared, “Band was my the best experience in high school,” and Coyne stated, “I really looked forward to Fridays, when we would all be together.”

Benton Township trustee Randy Noggle began the meeting explaining that the township has used the money it saved from a 20-year TIF agreement that was agreed upon by the board, to update roads around Wildcat Creek Farms and Schmidt Farms near Payne.

Grover Hill principal Kevin Wilson told the board about the impending retirement of school secretary, Marcie Fiedler, after 27 years in the position. Wilson shared that Fiedler, “Treated everyone special, that she makes her job look easy, and I can’t say enough good things about her.” Her final day at the school will be May 24. Fielder was not in attendance, so the board presented a clock to Wilson to give to Fiedler for her “outstanding service” to the district.

In his report to the board, Wayne Trace Junior/Senior High School principal Mike Myers shared that graduation will be May 26 at 2:30 p.m., and that there will be 77 students presented with diplomas that day.

In other business, the board:

• amended appropriations and revenue for fiscal year 2019.

• entered into a three-year agreement with Julian & Grube for auditing services at the rate of $3,100 per year.

• accepted the resignation of the following individuals: Amy Noggle as transportation supervisor, effective July 31; and Kelly Stouffer as Payne Elementary student council advisor, effective at the end of 2018-19.

• offered Katie Perkins the transitional kindergarten position at Payne Elementary, and Angela Williamson the transitional kindergarten position at Grover Hill Elementary, effective for 2019-20.

• okayed the involuntary transfer of Marta Wilder to the fourth-grade teaching position at Payne Elementary for 2019-20.

• voted to employ Ryne Jerome as a summer school aide for summer 2019.

• approved Alli Heffner and Evan Mohr as Payne Elementary summer help custodians, up to 40 hours per week at $8.55 per hour.

• offered one-year supplemental contracts for 2019-20 to several certified personnel and classified personnel; and approved several volunteer coaches/advisors for 2019-20.

• okayed the service contract with Western Buckeye Educational Service Center for 2019-20 at a cost of $1,472,385.

• voted for an overnight trip for the high school band to go to Florida, March 24-29, 2020.

• commended Sharon Spinner, Joni Wenninger, various subs and the high school band for earning a rating of all 1’s at this year’s OMEA state music contest; and Rhonda Walters, the junior class and parents of juniors for organizing prom, and the after-prom event.

• commended Haleigh Stoller for being elected to serve as state treasurer for Ohio FFA.

• approved a memorandum of understanding with the Paulding County Board of Elections to use the junior high school gym as a polling station.

• okayed several textbooks for the social studies department at a cost of $78,103.20.

• accepted a donation of $200 from the Scott Lions Club to assist students who struggle to pay the cost of lunch.

• opted out of career-technical education for 2018-19 in grades seven and eight, in order to review and develop a program in conjunction with Vantage Career Center for 2019-20.

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