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Area school district in Wood, Ottawa, and Sandusky counties will be on the ballot Tuesday with revenue requests.
In Wood County, the Eastwood Local School District is seeking renewal of a 1 percent, 5-year income tax issue.
The district recently announced plans to reduce the budget by $650,000 for the 2011-12 school year. The austerity plan includes laying off employees and reducing hours.
Oregon Mayor Mike Seferian has tabled a proposed agreement with Law Director Paul Goldberg that would rehire him at a reduced salary following his retirement from the position on April 30.
Some on council at a meeting on April 25 wanted to review the details of the agreement before voting on it.
The deal calls for the city to pay Goldberg an annual salary of $49,000 for two years. Council has already approved his retirement at a previous meeting in April, which becomes effective on April 30. After that date, Goldberg would have to stop working for the city for 60 days, then would be re-employed by the city as law director under the new terms of his contract.
Treasurer outlines B-C-S revenue loss
A report by Anne Arnold to the Benton-Carroll-Salem school board was not what board members wanted to hear.
With a 3.9-mill emergency operating levy on Tuesday’s ballot, the board is hoping to avoid closing two more elementary schools in addition to Rocky Ridge Elementary School, which will be closed at the end of the school year as part of a re-alignment of the district due to a drop in enrollment.
Oregon Mayor Mike Seferian said he had just watched a Detroit Tigers baseball game on TV on April 20 when he heard a severe thunderstorm move over his house in Eagles Landing.
“I wasn’t really enjoying the shellacking the Tigers were taking at the time at about 1 a.m.,” Seferian told council at a meeting on April 25. “I heard the noise go right over my house very loudly. I knew something was going on. And I think a short time later, [Fire] Chief Ed Ellis called me.”
Plans for additional spending cuts have been put in place if an emergency levy on the May 3 ballot in the Woodmore School District should fail.
The Woodmore school board last week approved the list of cuts, which includes eliminating busing for student field trips, eliminating up to four teaching positions at the high school, and aligning the elementary school so that there are a maximum of three classrooms per grade level, said John Fernbaugh, district superintendent.