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Voters thanked for income tax approval

BALTIMORE – Liberty Union-Thurston School Board members thanked voters Monday night for making the final .5 percent of the district’s 1.75 percent income tax a continuing or permanent levy. The unofficial tally was 1277-1158. The income tax represents about a quarter of the district’s revenue.

District treasurer David Butler reported that revenue from the income tax is up compared to last year. He added that state aid or foundation funding is higher than expected since it is still based on last year’s student numbers. Enrollment is down this year so state aid will drop as well when current data is used.

Members unanimously agreed to purchase a new 77-passenger, propane powered, school bus for $88,800. The price was based on competitive bids solicited for the district by the Metropolitan Education Council which pools the collective purchasing power of nearly 300 school districts and related entities in Ohio.

Members also accepted Jeff Fletcher’s resignation as freshman boys basketball coach. Supplemental contracts were approved for:

• Patrick Blevins as freshman boys basketball coach;

• Jeff Fletcher as 7th or 8th grade boys basketball coach;

• Jeff Mayzum as freshman girls basketball coach; and

• Erik Smolewski as a volunteer boys basketball coach.

The annual 8th grade bus trip to Washington, DC was approved. The cost per student for the May 27-29 trip is $395.

The co-students of the month for October are Abby Hite and- Caitlin Slone. Hite is a junior and the daughter of Randy and Brenda Hite. She is active in FFA, Foreign Language Club, basketball and soccer. Hite was named to the Mid-State League Second Team in soccer.

Slone, a sophomoe, is the daughter of Brad and Patricia Slone. She is on the cross country team as well as the winter and spring track teams. She is the treasurer for the Yearbook.

The September co-students of the month were David Smith and Chandler Scalf. Smith, a senior, is the son of Tyrone and Masami Smith. He is on the wrestling and baseball teams. He also tutors at the high school.

Scalf, a junior, is the son of Shawn Scalf and Heather Chabot. He is on the baseball and basketball teams.

Supplemental contracts approved last month were for:

• James Peck for 8th grade girls basketball;

• Wes Martens for 7th grade girls and boys basketball coach;

• Danielle Bruning for middle school science fair;

• Keith Robinson for middle school Model UN;

• Susan Steffen for middle school girls track;

• Seth Williamson for middle school boys track; and

• Justin Barber as a wrestling volunteer.

Board members approved the 6th grade outdoor education program was approved for March 30 – April 1, 2015, at Camp Pilgrim Hills, Bellville, with a per student cost of $140; and the high school Model UN program Dec. 7-9 at the Columbus Hyatt Regency Hotel at an approximate cost per student of $140.

Thanksgiving break is Nov. 26-28. Christmas break is Dec. 22 – January 2. Spring break is April 2- 6.

The board’s next regular meeting is set for 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 8, in the district office.

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