Boardman schools seek two levy renewals in May

Staff report


The board of education will ask voters to renew two tax levies in May.

The board agreed Monday to place both a three-year and a five-year renewal levy on the May ballot. Both tax levies provide funding for the emergency requirements of the school district.

The three-year levy produces $1,468,744 each year. The rate is 1.8 mills. Voters last renewed it in November 2010.

The five-year levy produces $1,999,547 each year at a rate of 2.4 mills. It was last renewed in November 2008.

Also at Monday’s meeting, the board approved a five-year lease with Key Government Finance for voice-over internet protocol hardware, network upgrades and software installation in the district’s seven buildings. It will update the district’s voice communication system and internet network.

The deal will be at a cost of $3,400.37 per month.

At the end of the lease, the district can purchase the equipment for $1 each, said Tim Saxton, director of operations.

“We’re going to do a complete network refresh,” he said. “That’s going to help us have a solid foundation for years to come.”

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