Fayette school board 2011.07.20

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

The Fayette Board of Education will seek the renewal of a seven-mill operating levy for an additional five years. Voters will decide the fate of the request at the November 2011 election.

Board members earlier voted to seek a renewal, but the final “intent to proceed” was to be voted on Monday at the regular July meeting. With only three board members present, the vote was postponed and a special meeting scheduled at 7 p.m. July 25.

The measure is only a renewal, explained superintendent Russell Griggs, and represents no new tax revenue. However, the levy is very important to the district’s operation since it brings in nearly $300,000 in the first year of collection, based on the current assessed valuation of the district.

The seven-mill levy provides operational funds in addition to the base 20-mill levy. 

If renewed, the levy would take effect in 2013.

REBATE—The board voted to accept a rebate proposal from First Energy that will give the district about $14,000 (80 cents per kilowatt hour). In addition, the district should have an annual savings of about $4,000 in electrical costs.

In order to receive the rebate, the district will replace several light fixtures in the school and exchange existing light bulbs for high efficiency bulbs.

Griggs said it might seem odd to replace fixtures in a school that opened only three years ago, but many of the fixtures are eight or nine years old and upgrades in efficiency have occurred over that time.

Griggs also expects some people to question the $40,000 replacement costs that will lead to annual savings of $4,000 a year, but he said there’s more to it than that.

The new gymnasium fixtures, for example, will result in a reduced rate of bulb replacement, he said, along with a savings in time for the custodial staff.

“Long term, it’s just good business,” he said, “and the rebate is not taxpayers’ money. I think you should take advantage of incentives to improve your bottom line.”

CONTRACT—The district’s support staff (OAPSE) agreed to continue their existing contract for another year, with no increase in salary or benefits.

WAIVER DAY—The state education department granted a waiver day for the district Sept. 12 when teachers will attend a county-wide in-service session in Wauseon. Well-known education speaker William Daggett will present the program.

Classes will be canceled for the day, but through the waiver, the day will not have to be made up later.

PERSONNEL—Board members accepted the resignation of food service worker Jennifer Schaffner.

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