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Poland board to have levy forum Sept. 26



Published: Mon, September 17, 2012 @ 11:16 p.m.

POLAND — The school board has announced a public forum next week about a five-year, 5.9-mill emergency operating levy that will appear on the November ballot.

The forum will begin at 7 p.m. Sept. 26 at the Poland Seminary High School auditorium and Joel Roscoe of the Buckeye Association of School Administrators will be among the presenters. Roscoe has reviewed Poland’s finances and will speak about his findings during the forum.

“The public has been clamoring for an independent review and here it is,” said board President Dr. Larry Dinopoulos.

If approved, the levy is expected to generate about $2.2 million annually and would cost the owner of $100,000-valued home about $180 annually.

The board also reviewed considerations for levy passage and failure.

If the levy is approved, the board is considering reinstating K-4 elementary physical education and music specialists, elementary guidance personnel and K-12 academic-proficiency tutors. Other considerations are to keep all district buildings open, keep all-day kindergarten and high-school electives and eliminate or adjust pay-to-participate fees.

If the levy fails, the board is considering cutting all extracurricular and athletic activities, re-visiting a study to close a district building and keep all current cuts in place. The board also would consider re-submitting a levy and open enrollment.

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1Knightcap(682 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

Has there been any administrative cost saving measures like paying 20-25% toward health-care for all administration. How about maybe a wage reduction especially if one was given in the last three years.

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2RealTruth(111 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

$2.2 million. That number seems familiar. Oh, yes, it's the same number as the cost of the stadium . . .

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3natureman(66 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

As far as I am concerned the cuts in elementary were senseless and should never have been made. No real money was saved there. With all the problems that students have today the elimination of a guidance person in elementary was most alarming. Why is it when you need money for schools that there are never any cuts in administration where the real high salaries are? I also thought it was a real slap in the face to eliminate senior citizen passes for athletic events. The seniors were great supporters of the programs and came to the games and bought raffle tickets and food. Now many stay away. It seems to me that the wrong people are punished in Poland when there are problems.

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4grand4dad(194 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

Agree with the above posters. Let's see some real cost cutting at the administrative levels. Stop punishing the students. Also, good point about the seniors and the athletic events. Are you really trying to save money by punishing some of your biggest supporters. Really???

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5RealTruth(111 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

"Joel Roscoe of the Buckeye Association of School Administrators will be among the presenters. Roscoe has reviewed Poland’s finances and will speak about his findings during the forum.

“The public has been clamoring for an independent review and here it is,” said board President Dr. Larry Dinopoulos."

I wonder whose side HE's on ?? Once you contract somebody to do a study, they are no longer independent.

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