NILES Board votes again to join the TCTC

The career center wants all the districts participating on the same basis.
NILES -- For the second time in a month, school board members voted to join the Trumbull County Career and Technical Center.
The board met is special session Thursday and rescinded a resolution passed Jan. 10. That resolution called for joining the center effective July 1, 2003, and for contracting for services from the center for a year beginning in July 2002.
But that plan didn't work for TCTC officials.
Gary Ghizzoni, TCTC treasurer, said the board wants to keep each participating district on equal ground.
"The 15 districts that come here all come on an equal basis, and we felt that any new district that comes here should do so on the same basis," he said.
Question of legality: The board also wasn't sure if the plan was legal. Under the law, a contract for career and technical education must be for five years.
Property and business owners in districts participating in TCTC also pay a property tax of about 2 mills. The millage is assessed without a vote.
The resolution passed by Niles board members Thursday seeks to join the center beginning in July.
Last month, the Niles board members voted not to sign an agreement for another five years with the Gordon D. James Career Center Compact in Lordstown. They said they favored the full day of classes provided at TCTC vs. the half days offered at the James center. They also were opposed to the length of the contract and a lack of control.
Also joining: Weathersfield schools, which also had belonged to the compact, voted this week to join TCTC. That leaves Lordstown, which is the fiscal agent for the center, and McDonald and Howland schools in the compact.
Guliano said a certified copy of the resolution to the TCTC board. A special meeting of the TCTC board is set for Thursday and Ghizzoni said the requests of both school districts may be considered then.
If the board approves the requests, it must be approved by the state. If the state approves it, the 2-mill tax would go into effect next year.
Guliano has said that the district may be able to reduce the millage it collects to make up for any tax increase because of the career center change.
Districts in the James center compact paid tuition to send the students. Because Niles sent the most students of the compact schools, it also paid the most in tuition.

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