Swanton levy discussed, donations approved

Staff Report

Swanton Local Schools Superintendent Chris Lake spoke at Wednesday’s Board of Education meeting on the importance of a substitute levy on the ballot Nov. 2.

This levy will replace an existing emergency levy that was first approved by voters in 1996. In 1996, the emergency levy collected 6.96 mills, and over the years that collection rate has gone down.

If passed, the substitute levy will collect 3.4 mills for a period of five years, and because it is a substitute levy it will allow for modest growth of revenue on new construction in the district. For current taxpayers, their taxes will not increase under the substitute levy, their tax bill will remain same as it is now.

By moving from an emergency levy to a substitute levy the district hopes to modernize its tax structure and reduce the need to place new money levies on the ballot.

Also at the meeting, the board announced a commendation for Swanton High School golf coach Andrew Emerine. He was recently named Northwest Ohio Athletic League Coach of the Year after leading the Bulldogs to a second place finish.

The board also accepted several donations, including multiple for a new baseball and softball complex. They included $65,000 from North Star Bluescope Steel, $5,523.99 from Swanton Athletic Boosters, $1,000 from Amy and Steven Stambaugh, $500 from Patricia and Drew Stambaugh, $500 from CR Motors of Adrian/Tyler and Sarah Tansel, and $150 from Gail Elton.

Other donations included $500 from Swanton Athletic Boosters to the elementary principal’s fund, $500 from McNeill Chevrolet Buick to the elementary principal’s fund, $250 from CJ Truck to the elementary principal’s fund, and $200 from Swanton Parents Club to the elementary principal’s fund.

Board reports

In her report, Swanton Elementary School Principal Kristi Molter said an after school program starts Nov. 2. It will run each Tuesday and Thursday through mid May, from 3:45-5:15 p.m.

The targeted grade levels are third and kindergarten. Targeting third grade will support students with the Third Grade Reading Guarantee requirements and targeting kindergarten provides for early intervention and closing gaps before the gaps grow.

Matt Smith, middle school principal, reported on the Amazing Shake and Fall Fest events that were recently held.

Principal Jason Longbrake reported that the high school has partnered with Ohio Means Jobs Fulton County to provide students the opportunity to attain the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council certification in Swanton. He added that things are going well.

Reese Oberheim spoke last week at the annual Youth Leadership Toledo banquet, held downtown at the Renaissance Hotel. Reese has been a part of Leadership Toledo for several years, and spoke to a packed ballroom about the importance of leadership of youth in NW Ohio.

Staff Report