This morning, January 6, 2017, the Record Courier published an article headlined “Crestwood classes, fair conflict”. “School board places levies on the May ballot”. This is a response to the many inaccuracies in this article.
In the first paragraph it states that the calendar was approved. This is inaccurate. The Board of Education held a public hearing on the proposed calendar for the 2017-2018 school year. This was clearly stated on the agenda. No vote was taken on the calendar. The Board of Education is in the process of hearing input from the community on the calendar proposal.
In the second paragraph, the bond issue which will be placed on the ballot on May 2, 2017, will provide an estimated $23,000,000 for the construction of a new grades 7-12 campus at the current high school location. It is a 4.95 mill levy which will generate $23,000,000. This includes 0.5 mills for the long term maintenance of the facility. The headline states that there is two levies. The resolution clearly stated that it is one issue not two. The State of Ohio Facilities Commission is also contributing 30% of the cost of the project. The figure $330,124,470 is the total property valuation of the district. This figure is used to set the millage rate for the bond issue, not the money that will be generated. This was clearly stated in the board resolution. A copy of the board resolution is detailed below.
In the sixth paragraph, the 4.95 mills will cost the owner of a $100,000 house roughly $14 a month additional. After 2023, because of sound financial decisions, the primary and the intermediate schools will be paid off. So in essence after only 5 years, after 2023, the new facility will only cost the tax payers $7.34 additional a month for a $100,000 home.
In the seventh paragraph, the bond issue is for 30 years at 4.95 mills. It states that the new facility would be paid off by 2023. This would not be possible. The Primary and Intermediate schools will be paid off by 2023.
In the eighth paragraph, it states that the 2017-18 calendar was approved. This is inaccurate as I stated earlier. The Board of Education held a public hearing on the proposed calendar. No vote was taken. For the last two years, school has begun in the district in the third week of August, to allow for more instructional time before the state mandated high stakes testing in the fall and spring as well as to end the first semester before winter break.
In the eleventh paragraph it states that 39% of our third grade students passed the third grade reading test that is administered in March. This is inaccurate. This test was administered in November and it is true 39% of the students passed, however, this test measures skills that are supposed to be mastered by the end of third grade. Our third grade students will be administered the test again this spring. This test, along with another state approved assessment, is used to determine student mastery of third grade reading skills and if a third grade student should be retained. Last year no students at Crestwood were retained as a result of their performances on these assessments.
In the last paragraph, it states the calendar that was proposed for 2017-2018 school year is new. The district has operated under a calendar that starts in the third week of August for two years now. The calendar was not voted on or approved, it was taken into consideration by the Board of Education. Over the past two years, students that have attended the Portage County Fair have had their absences excused and have been given every opportunity to make up the work that they have missed. The district has also taken professional development days at the end of the week of the Portage County Fair to give students additional days during that week to attend the fair. Nevertheless, the calendar has not yet been approved for next school year, and the Board of Education is considering options in the best interest of all of our students.
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David M. Toth
David M. Toth
The Board of Education of Crestwood Local School District, Ohio, met in regular session on January 2, 2017, commencing at 7:00 p.m. at the High School Library, Mantua, Ohio, with the following members present:
Mrs. Debra Soltisz Mr. Todd Monroe
Mr. David Becker Mrs. Bonnie Lovejoy
Ms. Karen Schulz
The Treasurer advised the Board that the notice requirements of Section 121.22 of the Revised Code and the implementing rules adopted by the Board pursuant thereto were complied with for the meeting.
Mrs. Soltisz moved the adoption of the following resolution:
RESOLUTION NO. 2017-23
A RESOLUTION DETERMINING TO PROCEED WITH SUBMITTING TO THE ELECTORS OF THE SCHOOL DISTRICT THE SINGLE QUESTION OF THE ISSUANCE OF SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT BONDS IN THE AGGREGATE PRINCIPAL AMOUNT OF $23,000,000 AND THE LEVY OF AN ADDITIONAL 0.5-MILL TAX to provide funds for the acquisition, construction, enlargement, renovation, and financing of GENERAL permanent improvements, PURSUANT TO SECTION 5705.218 OF THE REVISED CODE.
WHEREAS, on December 5, 2016, this Board adopted a Resolution declaring the necessity of submitting to the electors of this School District a single proposal consisting of the question of (i) the issuance of bonds in the aggregate principal amount of $23,000,000 for the purpose set forth in Section 1 and the levying of a tax to pay debt charges on those bonds and any anticipatory securities, and (ii) the levy of an additional 0.5-mill property tax outside the ten-mill limitation to provide funds for acquiring, constructing, enlarging, renovating, and financing general permanent improvements, for a continuing period of time, at an election to be held in the School District on May 2, 2017, a copy of which resolution was certified to the Portage County Auditor; and
WHEREAS, on December 7, 2016, the Portage County Auditor certified that (i) the estimated average annual property tax levy throughout the stated maturity of those bonds that would be required to pay debt charges on them, calculated in the manner provided in Section 133.18(C) of the Revised Code, is 4.45 mills for each one dollar of tax valuation, which amounts to 44.5 cents for each one hundred dollars of tax valuation, (ii) the total tax valuation of the School District is $303,124,470 for purposes of the calculation in (i) above, (iii) the dollar amount of revenue that would be generated annually by the 0.5-mill property tax levied to provide funds for the acquisition, construction, enlargement, renovation, and financing of general permanent improvements is $151,562, and (iv) the total tax valuation of the School District is $303,124,470 for purposes of the calculation in (iii) above;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of Education of Crestwood Local School District, County of Portage, Ohio, two-thirds (?) of all members elected thereto concurring, that:
Section 1. Declaration of Necessity of Bonds and Tax Levy. After reviewing the certifications of the Portage County Auditor described in the preambles hereto, this Board hereby finds, determines and declares that (i) the amount of taxes that can be raised within the ten-mill limitation will be insufficient to provide an adequate amount for the present and future requirements of the School District, (ii) it is necessary to issue general obligation bonds of the School District in the aggregate principal amount of $23,000,000 for the purpose of constructing, renovating, remodeling, adding to, furnishing, equipping and otherwise improving School District buildings and facilities and clearing and improving their sites, and to levy a tax outside of the ten-mill limitation to pay the debt charges on those bonds and any anticipatory securities, and (iii) it is necessary to levy, for a continuing period of time, an additional 0.5-mill tax in excess of the ten-mill limitation to provide funds for the acquisition, construction, enlargement, renovation, and financing of general permanent improvements. The average annual property tax rate required throughout the stated maturity of the bonds (30 years) to pay the debt charges on the bonds has been estimated by the County Auditor to be 4.45 mills for each one dollar of valuation, which amounts to 44.5 cents for each one hundred dollars of valuation.
Section 2. Submission of Single Question to the Electors. This Board further determines and declares that the question of (i) issuing the bonds, and levying a tax to pay the debt charges on the bonds and on any notes issued in anticipation of the bonds, currently expected to begin with the tax list and duplicate for the year 2017, the proceeds of which first would be available to the School District in collection year 2018, and (ii) levying an additional 0.5-mill tax to provide funds for the acquisition, construction, enlargement, renovation, and financing of general permanent improvements, for a continuing period of time, beginning with the tax list and duplicate for the year 2017, the proceeds of which levy first would be available to the School District in collection year 2018, shall be submitted as a single question under the provisions of Section 5705.218 of the Revised Code to the electors of the School District at an election to be held therein on May 2, 2017, as authorized by law.
Section 3. Certification and Delivery of Materials to Board of Elections. The Treasurer is authorized and directed to certify to the Portage County Board of Elections before the close of business on February 1, 2017: (i) a copy of the Resolution adopted by this Board on December 5, 2016, declaring the necessity of (A) the bond issue and providing for the principal of the bonds to be paid over a maximum of 30 years, which number of years is hereby certified to the Board of Elections, and (B) the 0.5-mill general permanent improvement tax levy, to be levied for a continuing period of time, (ii) the certifications by the Portage County Auditor as to the total tax valuation of the School District, the estimated average annual property tax levy necessary to pay the debt charges on the bonds, and the dollar amount of revenue that would be generated annually by the 0.5-mill general permanent improvement tax levy, and (iii) a copy of this Resolution. This Board requests that the Board of Elections give notice of that election and prepare the necessary ballots and supplies for the election in accordance with law.
Section 4. Compliance with Open Meeting Requirements. This Board finds and determines that all formal actions of this Board and of any of its committees concerning and relating to the adoption of this Resolution were taken, and that all deliberations of this Board and of any of its committees that resulted in those formal actions were held, in meetings open to the public in compliance with the law.
Section 5. Captions and Headings. The captions and headings in this Resolution are solely for convenience of reference and in no way define, limit or describe the scope or intent of any Sections, subsections, paragraphs, subparagraphs or clauses hereof.
Section 6. Effective Date. This Resolution shall be in full force and effect from and immediately upon its adoption.
Mr. Becker seconded the motion.
Upon roll call on the adoption of the foregoing Resolution, the vote was as follows:
Mrs. Soltisz - Yes
Mr. Becker - Yes
Mrs. Lovejoy - Yes
Mr. Monroe - Yes
Ms. Schulz – Yes
The above is a true and correct extract from the minutes of a regular meeting of the Board of Education of Crestwood Local School District, Ohio, held on January 2, 2017, commencing at 7:00 p.m., in the High School Library, Mantua, Ohio, showing the adoption of the Resolution hereinabove set forth.
Dated: January 3, 2017
Treasurer, Board of Education
Crestwood Local School District, Ohio