SALEM School board places renewal levy on ballot
The district's search for a new treasurer is continuing.
By NORMAN LEIGH
VINDICATOR SALEM BUREAU
SALEM -- The city school district will be asking voters to renew a 2-mill permanent improvement levy that has been on the books since 1983.
The school board agreed Tuesday to put the measure on the May 6 primary election ballot.
The five-year levy, which expires at the end of this year, produces about $300,000 annually, schools Superintendent Dr. David Brobeck said.
Money from the levy is used to maintain school facilities.
The school board accepted retirement resignations of two veteran educators, Dale Haskins and William Taylor.
Haskins has taught special education and history to students at Salem City Schools for 30 years.
Taylor has been teaching in the city school system for 28 years. His last 17 years have been served as a fifth-grade teacher at Southeast Elementary School.
Brobeck said the school board is continuing to interview candidates for the job of city schools treasurer.
Ten people have submitted applications for the job, but only five of those have or will have the treasurer's certificate necessary for the job.
The certificate is awarded by the state to applicants who possess a business-related degree, have taken certain advanced coursework and who have completed a treasurer internship.
The district is seeking a replacement for former treasurer Ted Cougras, who resigned in December after investigators from the Columbiana County Prosecutor's Office began probing treasurer's office activities.
One aspect of the probe is the purchase with school funds of $781 in office equipment that was delivered to Cougras' Poland home.
Cougras has not been charged with any crime.
The state auditor's office is also probing the treasurer's office.