2007-03-24 / News

Bowman, Spitzer to head Lakewood levy campaign

By Kim Garee

HEBRON - Two Lakewood school board members will spearhead the effort to pass a renewal emergency levy - plus increase - this November. Joe Bowman Jr. and Tim Spitzer were appointed co-chairs of the levy campaign committee at the board's March 14 business meeting.

Board member Forrest Cooperrider said Bowman and Spitzer bring a knowledge of the community and levy campaign experience, respectively, to the process.

"I think we all need to expect to do a lot of work on it," Cooperrider noted.

Committee members have not been named yet.

The two-year renewal-plusincrease issue will appear before voters in November. The existing five-year emergency levy, which collects just over $2 million at 5.97 mills right now, expires after tax year 2007. School officials hope an increase of a little more than one million will see them through 2010.

At the time of the March 14 meeting, the district was still waiting to find out just what millage that need translates into. If voters approve, it would not be collected until 2009.

In his report, Superintendent Jay Gault again highlighted the previously adopted schedule of make-up calamity days. Lakewood students will make up those days at the end of the year, attending June 1, 4, 5, 6 and 7, with a teacher work day on the 8th.

Gault said the board took the same approach - tacking on makeup days at the end of the year - when the body approved the upcoming 2007-08 calendar.

In an update on food service, Director of Pupil Services Arnie Ettenhofer reported that the state and federal program providing breakfast to middle schoolers started the week before. He said the breakfast program will be evaluated for possible implementation in other buildings next school year.

Meanwhile, the point-of-sale (POS) system Ettenhofer outlined at last month's meeting is on the backburner. With the food service program still re-paying money to the general fund, Ettenhofer suggested they see how building realignment, new reimbursement tactics and other cafeteria changes go next year. He hopes the food service program can become solvent and purchase the POS equipment itself.

Ettenhofer said transportation pl ans for the e l ement a r y realignment scheduled to take effect in the fall are being reviewed. Pick-up and drop-off points are being evaluated, too, he said.

In other business, the board:

· Approved supplemental contracts for Amy Norton, middle school track coach; and Zach Brenning, spelling bee advisor.

· Set its next regular meeting for Wednesday, April 11 at 6:30 p.m. in the Lakewood High School Library.


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