|School district voters to see operating levy in November
By JANIE SOUTHARD
The Daily Standard
ST. HENRY - St. Henry Consolidated Local Schools board of
education members this week approved placing a five-year emergency operating levy on the
November ballot, rather than for the May election.
The current 7-mill levy, which was voted in during 1998, expires this
year and brings $490,000 in annual collections.
Choosing November means the board won't need special meetings and so
forth to get it on in May, which gives them until the August deadline to prepare the
language of the levy, according to District Treasurer Glenn Miller.
Work on the school's new all-weather track is progressing.
Athletic Booster President Bruce Miller spoke at the board of education
meeting this week presenting drawings and information on the project, which is expected to
be completed by mid-August.
"The boosters have actually been working toward the new track for
many years. We wanted to get the bleachers, lights, and so forth in place so there would
be no heavy equipment driving over the new track," Miller told The Daily Standard on
Initial work on the new track, which is located at the football field
where the existing limestone-base track was installed in 1979, is underway with some
earthwork and removing the fence.
Board members this week approved $75,200 toward the $318,000 project.
The boosters have $150,000 to contribute and the rest will be solicited from the
"The school's portion is made up of $11,000 they received from
selling sidewalk bricks and $6,800 they received from the village for a sanitary
easement," Miller said.
The contractor for the job is Dave Painter of Mid-American in Arcanum.
During the organizational meeting, Ralph Nietfeld was elected president
and Bill Link as vice president.