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Edison board discusses economic future

November 23, 2012
Morning Journal News

HAMMONDSVILLE - The Edison Local Board of Education Tuesday discussed what its next step would be after the failure of its operating levy Nov. 6.

It's back to the drawing board for the district after the failure of its levy proposal, according to Superintendent Bill Beattie.

"We did talk about the levy results (during the meeting)," said Beattie. "We are going to have a work session at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 11."

The session would be before the board's next meeting begins at 7 p.m., he added. Beattie added district officials haven't yet decided the district's next move beyond putting the measure before voters again during a special election on Feb. 5.

"We're going to go back (before district voters) again in February," Beattie said "It will be the same proposal with the same millage."

Beattie said any district recovery plan would have to include deeper cuts than in the past.

"There are going to have to be some drastic cuts made," he said.

According to unofficial results from the Jefferson County Board of Elections, the levy Nov. 6 was defeated with 3,171 votes in favor of the proposal, 3,961 votes against the proposal.

Also, in Harrison County, 23 voters in the district for the proposal, while 23 voted against it, according to unofficial results from the Harrison County Board of Elections.

The 9.45-mill levy proposal would have funded basic operating expenses for the district, which includes 1,965 students and pupils from Hammondsville, Richmond, Knoxville, Irondale, Pleasant Hill, Amsterdam, Bergholz, Empire, Stratton and other areas in the northern edge of Jefferson County. The levy would fund district operations, including buses, building maintenance, food services, salaries, wages, benefits of employees and utilities.

Beattie had previously said the district has lost significant funds recently, including a loss of $700,000 in property taxes garnered from FirstEnergy Corp.; a $470,000 loss due to changes in the way state tax is reimbursed to school districts; and $949,813 loss in funds from federal stimulus funds.

In other matters:

The board accepted the resignations of Mike McKenzie, head football coach, and Roberta Rowan, bus driver.

The board accepted maternity leave for teacher Candy Miller from Feb. 11 to May 13; and approved a medical leave of absence for Kim Jolly, night building custodian, through March 31.



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