Miami East BOE OKs levy renewal in November

The 5-year 3.5-mills levy was renewed in 2012.

By Melanie Yingst -

CASSTOWN — The Miami East Local School Board of Education unanimously voted Monday to place a renewal of the district’s five-year, 3.5-mill operating levy on the November ballot.

The levy was last renewed in November 2012 with 53 percent of voters approving the renewal.

Treasurer Lisa Fahncke reported a residential property owner would not see a decrease, or an increase, if the levy passed or failed on Nov. 7 due to the 20-mill floor school funding formula. But the district would lose the additional $50,000 provided through the utility services if the levy is not renewed.

Dr. Rappold reported the district’s summer maintenance is on schedule. The bleachers, boilers and the buildings also undergo inspections during this time frame. The district ordered two new school buses which will be delivered later this fall.

“It’s been a successful summer, we’ve gotten a lot done,” Dr. Rappold said. Dr. Rappold also reported the district’s laptop are ready for students this fall.

The board also approved to seek bids to purchase one school bus through the Southwester Ohio Education Purchasing Council in 2018.

In other news:

The board approved the district’s class fee schedule for the 2017-2018 school year. Dr. Rappold reported some fees increased depending on the class at the high school level, but most class fees remained the same as last year.

The district will offer two new elective courses at the junior high in 2017-2018 school year. The seventh grade class will enroll in Career Connections course to explore various career fields. The student will also review the academic path it will take to pursue the career.

The eighth grade class will enroll in a pre-engineering class. The 12-week class will allow students to participate in a project-based learning environment using the STEM model.

The board accepted the resignation of fourth grade teacher Josh Roeth. Roeth has been hired as a middle school assistant principal at Milton-Union Schools. Lauren McCord was hired as the new fourth grade teacher on a one-year limited contract effective Aug. 1. McCord was a language arts teacher in the Piqua City Schools district. Rappold said she came highly recommended by former administrators in the district.

Laura Weddle was also hired as a teacher at Miami East Elementary School on a one-year limited contract.

The district received the following donations: $1,398 from the Miami County Park District for last year’s elementary field trip transportation costs to Stillwater Prairie and Charleston Falls; $125 from Altrusa Club for the FFA program; $238 from the Miami East Education Foundation to the High School English program for books; $800 from the Miami East Education Foundation for the Elementary Muse Machine program.

The next board of education meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Aug. 21 in the high school lecture room.

The 5-year 3.5-mills levy was renewed in 2012.

By Melanie Yingst

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