Findlay City Schools’ safety, security levy heads for ballot

By KATHRYNE RUBRIGHT
STAFF WRITER

Findlay school board on Monday completed the second part of a two-step process to put a safety and security levy on the November ballot, unanimously passing a resolution to proceed.

After the board passed a resolution of necessity on July 26, County Auditor Charity Rauschenberg certified that the 1.5-mill levy would generate $1,226,000 annually, Findlay City Schools Treasurer Mike Barnhart said.

The owner of a home appraised at $100,000 would pay $52.50 annually for five years.

Barnhart will file the levy paperwork today with the Hancock County Board of Elections. Local issues must be filed by Wednesday to be placed on the November ballot, according to Secretary of State Jon Husted’s office.

The funding would be used to hire police officers and clinical counselors for schools, and to pay for safety and security equipment and training.

The City of Findlay would share the cost of the officers with the school district.

Separately, Superintendent Ed Kurt said the Findlay Education Association, representing teachers, plans to vote on a new contract Aug. 14. The school board scheduled its vote for the morning of Aug. 15.

The last teachers’ contract covered July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2018.

Kurt said last month that he hoped the new deal would be in place by the start of the school year. The district will just meet that deadline, if the teachers and school board both approve the contract.

Details of the contract have not been made public.

Under the last contract, the base pay for a beginning teacher increased, and union members received a 2.5 percent raise during the first year of the agreement. Teachers each got a raise of $1,000 during the contract’s second year.

Teachers made health insurance concessions — agreeing to pay for more of their coverage — under the last contract.

Separately Monday, Barnhart reported that the district earned about $107,000 in interest on investments from January through June this year, up from about $99,000 earned in the same period of 2017.

Separately, Kurt reminded the board that school starts Aug. 15 and convocation will be held at 8 a.m. Aug. 14 at the Findlay High School auditorium.

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