George W. Davis

GREEN: The Board of Education voted Monday night to seek a renewal of its $4.8 million levy on the March 13 primary ballot.

Eydie Snowberger, the district’s treasurer and chief financial officer, said the renewal, which wouldn’t take effect until January 2017, is necessary to keep the district operating in the black and is not a request for new money.

Paperwork determining the need for the renewal and request for Summit County Fiscal Officer Kristen Scalise to certify the estimated amount of the tax list submitted by Scalise to the Summit Budget Commission was emailed Tuesday to Scalise’s office, Snowberger said.

As a result of the board action, members also changed the date of next month’s meeting from Dec. 14 to Dec. 7 to examine Scalise’s numbers and meet the Board of Elections’ filing deadline of Dec. 10.

The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. in council chambers at the Central Administration Building, board President Bob Campbell said.

“We’re not asking for additional money,” Campbell said of the renewal.

He noted that the board and administration have operated under a “strong fiscal conservative policy” since the levy was originally passed in 2011.

“The board and administration have been good stewards of the taxpayers’ money,” Campbell said.

The board also approved a $21,000 contract through December 2017 with DataWerks Limited of Westerville. The firm specializes in software solutions for K-12 education to improve decision-making and operations efficiencies through data warehouse management, analysis and reporting, focusing on both staff and students.

The contract cost is up to $13,000 the first year for time required to enter data to launch the program and then only $8,000 the second year, Miller said.

Members approved an $8,000 contract over five years with ComDoc Inc. of Green for one additional and larger black and white copier at both Green Primary School and Green Intermediate to meet increased teacher and staff copying needs.

A $500 donation from ComDoc for the district’s Bonding Hearts program was accepted along with a $2,500 grant from UTC Aerospace Systems, headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., with a location in Green, for the Middle School’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math program.

Miller also recognized and praised two retiring, longtime members of the Green Schools family – primary school teacher Beth Burch, who will retire next June 30 after 26 years of service in Green; and Green Middle School custodian Bonnie Thomas, who retires Jan. 1 after 18 years of service.

Green Schools Foundation Bulldog Strong Spotlight on Staff plaques were awarded to Sharon Robinson, head secretary at Green Middle School; Pam Kozlowski, primary school cook manager; and middle school teacher Ann Sutphin.

Students of the month were Sophie Henderson, Early Learning Center; Autumn Schrock, primary school; Emma Ludrosky, intermediate school; Andrew Micale, middle school; and high school seniors Kloie Mollette and Max Kreider.

George W. Davis can be reached at: mediaman@sssnet.com.