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12-09-03: St. Henry board will return to voters


ST. HENRY — The school district is hoping for better results on the March ballot as they go back to the voters with a 9.52-mill emergency operating levy.
The new five-year proposal is 0.23 mills less than the levy that failed in November and would generate $730,000.
The dollar amount is the same as the failed levy, because the village’s valuation increased and less millage will bring in the same dollars.
Village residents also will see a 0.74-mill reduction on the bond retirement fund that paid for the school construction project.
Mercer County Auditor Mark Giesige told board members the increase in valuation and carryover from previous years is more than enough to cover the principal and interest to lower the bond obligation from 4.74 mills to 4 mills.
Like most Ohio school districts, St. Henry suffered state budget cuts, which will see the district with a projected budget deficit of $608,900 by the end of fiscal year 2004. A continuing trend will mount a $1.2 million deficit by fiscal year 2007, school officials have said.
District Treasurer Glenn Miller said there is a freeze on spending for many items and “cost containments and cuts are continuing.”
Superintendent Rod Moorman told members he has several meetings scheduled this week with classified and certified staff to discuss proposed cuts and alternatives to address the weak financial position.
“We’ll be going line by line to see where we can tweak to save money,” Moorman said.
High school Principal Frank Griesdorn said tutors are needed to help special needs kids.
“We haven’t had good results in finding tutors. People may be afraid to volunteer because they think they’ll have to tutor calculus, but really, it’s often just overseeing that kids get things organized and accomplished,” Griesdorn told board members.
Seniors citizens will be breakfast guests at the high school Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. for the annual breakfast. Moorman said there will be a holiday program. The event is being sponsored by Dave’s Market in St. Henry.
Also at the meeting, Matt Dippold, state golf qualifier, the volleyball all-state first team members and the state runner-up volleyball team were honored with St. Henry Award Pins.


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