Board discusses stadium, levies

By Cecilia Fox - [email protected]

TIPP CITY — At their work session Monday night, the Tipp City school board discussed personnel changes, upcoming levies, and the stadium.

According to Treasurer Dave Stevens, the district has three upcoming renewal levies, two of which expire in December of 2017. The district is not considering placing those renewals on the ballot this year, but is considering asking residents to vote on them next spring.

Board member Frank Maus said he was in favor of pursing a traditional renewal for those levies, but other board members indicated that they would like to discuss other options.

Stevens pointed out that by going for an earned income tax, for example, the district would forgo the “rollback” on those levies.

“The rollback, currently is a 10 percent rebate that the state pays instead of the taxpayer,” he said. “On our 9.98 mill levy which generates $3.69 million a year, the 10 percent rollback and 2.5 percent rollback currently generate about $340,000 a year.”

Losing the rollbacks on the two upcoming renewals could cost the taxpayers about half a million dollars, Stevens said.

The board also discussed the future of the district’s stadium.

Superintendent Gretta Kumpf said the issue is one the board and administration should readdress once a new athletic director is on board.

Board member Sam Spano noted that candidates have been asked about the issue, but added that the district needs to assess its needs when it comes to the stadium.

“I don’t want to push the stadium off. I think there’s some work that can be done, we can direct to the administration now that we want to see some of this get started,” Spano said. “I’m not saying let’s go start fundraising now, I’m saying let’s see what our needs are, get a plan and start to develop a budget.”

Stevens told the board that he had made some calculations using the $5 million figure provided by the architect.

“I think 37 years to pay off the stadium is just too much,” Stevens said. “When you go from 20 years to 25 years, you’re talking a difference of $4 a year…To be perfectly honest with you, I’d rather be in the 15 year range.”

Stevens also said the district could consider an income tax or earned income tax levy.

“You can do classroom facilities and income tax if you’re going with state funding,” he noted. “The other option you have is you can do a lease-purchase format.”

Stevens also calculated the cost to borrow $29.4 million, which is what was decided for the school building, over 23 years.

“That comes out to a .5 percent income tax and a .75 percent earned income tax,” he said.

During the meeting, the board also recommended the approval of several resignations at the high school.

These resignations include visual arts teacher Rick Mack, band director Heather Marsh, and science teacher Kaylani Miller. According to Kumpf, the teachers were leaving to take positions in other districts.

The board also discussed the search for new staff members, including a new athletic director.

An eight member panel was tasked with interviewing athletic director applicants and narrowing the list down to two, Kumpf said. There were 106 applicants for the position.

“We’re looking for the right fit,” Kumpf said.

The district is also considering candidates for a new assistant principal at the middle school, as well as several other staff members.

By Cecilia Fox

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Reach Cecilia Fox at [email protected]

Reach Cecilia Fox at [email protected]

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