Lake board wants to put levy on Nov. 5 ballot

By Betty O’Neill Roderick
Special to the Beacon Journal

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LAKE TWP.: The Lake Board of Education took the first step in placing a levy on the Nov. 5 ballot at its meeting Monday night.

By a 3-1 vote, the board approved a resolution declaring it necessary to levy an additional tax for current expenses. It will ask the Stark County auditor to certify the total current tax valuation of the school district and the dollar amount of revenue that would be generated by placing a 7.95 mill levy on the ballot.

If approved, the tax would be levied for first collection in 2014.

Board member David VanderKaay was absent from Monday’s meeting. Jon Troyer voted against placing a levy on the ballot, saying the district should cut expenses.

“We all need to tighten our belts,” Troyer said.

Superintendent Jeff Wendorf said the district already has cut $2 million from the budget, mostly in personnel through attrition and retirements. Building expenses also have been cut.

In February, the board voted 3-2 for Wendorf to present ideas to balance the budget. Among the suggestions at a special work session were eliminating busing for high school students and initiating pay-to-participate fees.

At Monday’s meeting, the board approved charging Lake students $250 for athletics, $100 for band, $75 for orchestra and various amounts for other activities. Middle school students will pay $175 for athletics, $50 for band or orchestra and other amounts for activities.

Caps were set at $250 per student and $750 for families.

Troyer voted against the fee structure, saying the amounts are too high and will create hardships for families. He recommended lesser amounts.

The board agreed to review elementary school fees of $10 for student council and $10 for participating in the spelling bee. It will not eliminate busing for high school students..

The board will vote on placing the levy on the ballot at its next meeting, 7:30 p.m. April 15 at Lake Middle School, 12001 Market Ave. N.

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