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A recommendation to purchase a security camera system for Woodmore High School was approved Tuesday by the board of education but not before one board member sought assurances the cost wasn’t straining the permanent improvement fund.

Superintendent Linda Bringman received unanimous support from the board when she updated members on a proposal to spend about $32,000 on a camera system for the school.

But Joe Liszak, a member of the board’s finance committee, said the cameras shouldn’t come at the expense of new textbooks.

“I want to make sure we have enough money in the PI fund,” Liszak, said Wednesday. “Coming up, we’re going to need a new bus and I want to make sure all of the kids have textbooks before we use money on security cameras. That’s my priority that we have up to date, good textbooks.”

He said he was satisfied with the administration’s claim there would be sufficient revenues in the fund.

In other business, the board approved a resolution to contract with Salenbien Trucking & Excavating for the demolition of the former elementary school building.

The Dundee, Mich.-based firm submitted a bid of $220,000.

In addition to the school board, the contract is subject to approval by the Ohio School Facilities Commission, which will provide 32 percent of the project cost.

The district opened a new preK-8 school building last year that was financed by a bond approved by Woodmore voters and funding from the OSFC.

Board members had been previously divided on whether or not to save a wing of the old building to be used as storage and other needs but ultimately voted to include it in demolition plans.

The board also approved a resolution Tuesday to seek renewal of a property tax levy that generates about $600,000 annually.

Originally approved by voters in May 2011, the levy will again be before voters in March 2016, according to the resolution.

If renewed next year, the levy would go into effect in 2017.

The board will hold its 2016 organizational meeting Jan. 5 at 6 p.m. in the elementary school.

Three new members, Cara Brown, Sean Rizor and Sam Preston, will be sworn in. Incumbent Corinna Bench will serve the remaining two years of the seat that was vacated earlier this year by Grant Cummings.

 

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