United faces decision on building plan

HANOVERTON — The United school board is considering a possible building project with the increase in property tax from the natural gas collection and processing plant in Kensington.

The school board this week met with SHP Architects to learn about possible building projects through the Ohio School Facilities Commission (OSFC) and the schedule the board will have to follow to complete a project.

Superintendent Lance Hostetler said the board, if it chooses to pursue a project, must enter into an agreement with the OSFC in September. At that point SHP will develop a plan and meetings will be held for the community to give input.

Since the board’s bond representative will be able to sells bonds based on the anticipated income from the Kensington plant (valued at $12,665,500), the board will not have to place the issue on a ballot, Hostetler said. The timeline for any building project would include obtaining matching funds from the state in 2021 with construction in 2022, he added.

“So this is definitely a long-term process,” he said. “Right now it’s a very bird’s eye view of how it lines up with the strategic planning process and what is appropriate for United.”

Hostetler said the district is fortunate to have the opportunity to even consider building projects.

“I’m excited and I think the board members are excited, too,” he said. “It’s a great time for United and we’re very fortunate this have [the gas plant] in the district, so we want to make sure we make the best use of the money.”

In other business, the school board hired Jason Thompson as Tobin teacher and Stephanie Montague as bus driver and granted supplemental contracts for the 2019-2020 school year to Ryan Burd for assistant athletic director, Megan Gozelanczyk for assistant athletic director, Sarah Jones for varsity basketball cheerleading, Matthew Fowler for yearbook advisor, Dennis Klaustermeyer for technical advisor, Susan Laughlin for community education coordinator, Kathy Matthews for high school art, Noleen Moore for volunteer coordinator, Matthew Mowery for TV studio advisor, Samantha Muniz for senior class advisor, Cindy Neiswanger for high school choir director, Cindy Neiswanger for junior high choir director, Cindy Neiswanger for play advisor, Betty Whiteleather for community outreach, Betty Whiteleather for freshman class advisor, Betty Whiteleather for junior class advisor, Betty Whiteleather for Ruri-teen Club advisor, Betty Witheleather for sophomore class advisor, Betty Whiteleather for student council advisor, Noleen Moore for Key Club advisor, Nicole Price for majorette/flag advisor, Danielle Burch for National Honor Society, Heather Connor for elementary art, Jason Minard for percussion band director, Ann Cooper for head resident educator mentor, Elaine Meals for Academic Challenge advisor, Nome Baker for band director, Sonya Minard for assistant band director, Lindsay Brothers for Spanish Club advisor, Sean Logan for Ski Club, Beth McGaffick for elementary SAP coordinator, Lori Conser for sixth grade chorus, Kristi Urmson for FCCLA, Abbie Weimer for Positive Behavior Support, Jackie Sanor for ASL Club, Nome Baker for jazz band and Corey Hill for junior high robotics.

Also at the meeting, the board approved fall ticket packages as follows: Family Fall Sports Package (two adult passes plus three student passes for United enrolled students who are dependent children for all home games, all sports) $150, a savings of $926; Student Fall Sports Package (all home games, all sports) $20, a savings of $144; Individual Fall Sports Package (all home games, all sports) $20, a savings of $202; Grandparents Pass (senior citizens who do not live in the United School District for all home games, all sports) $20, a savings of $242; season passes for football is $30, volleyball $50, boys soccer $40, girls soccer $40.

The board also approved winter ticket packages as follows: Family Winter Sports Package (two adult passes plus three student passes for United enrolled students who are dependent children for all home games, all sports) $140, a savings of $764; Student Fall Sports Package (all home games, all sports) $20, a savings of $120; Individual Fall Sports Package (all home games, all sports) $50, a savings of $176; Grandparents Pass (senior citizens who do not live in the United School District for all home games, all sports) $20, a savings of $196; season passes for wrestling is $20, boys basketball $50, girls basketball $50.

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