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Districts to hold levy forums

October 1, 2012
Weirton Daily Times

BLOOMINGDALE - Four local school districts with upcoming levy proposals for voters' consideration on the Nov. 6 election will host a joint forum from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 8 in the Jefferson County Joint Vocational School cafeteria, where voters can ask question and seek information on the proposals.

The districts each will be represented at the forum by their respective superintendents - Mark Miller for Buckeye Local School District; Bill Beattie, Edison Local School District; John Rocchi, Indian Creek Local School District; and Dale Edwards, JVS, according to Joy Howell, superintendent for the Jefferson County Educational Service Center.

Buckeye Local School District is seeking an additional 2 mills for permanent improvements for a continuing period of time, while the Edison Local School District is seeking an additional 9.45 mills for current expenses for a continuing period of time. Indian Creek Local School District is seeking a bond issue of 3.5 mills for constructing school facilities under the exceptional needs program of the Ohio School Facilities Commission and locally funded initiatives; renovating, improving and constructing additions to existing facilities, including furnishings and equipment; acquiring land and interests in land as necessary, in principle amount of $22 million for 37 years; and additional 1.45 mills for current expenses for five years. The JVS is seeking an additional 1 mill for current expenses, purchasing equipment for buildings and improving buildings for 10 years.

"The superintendents work together every month at the Jefferson County ESC," said Howell, adding the superintendents reached a consensus about holding a centralized public forum to answer questions regarding upcoming levies. "They realize they have more in common than competition."

The superintendents also will discus the sharing of resources between the districts and cooperation to prevent overlapping services, said Howell.

"They are willing to work together even across counties, as Harrison County is also part of our district," she said. "Our thought was why should we have four (separate forums) in each district when we can have questions answered in one place at the same time?"

The forum will be limited to one hour, and each superintendent will have five minutes to answer each question regarding their districts, Howell said. They also will describe recent achievements in each district as well, Howell added.

"We want to celebrate the successes in education in the counties," she said, adding district report cards and academic progress also will be discussed. "Each of them will have success stories to tell. We also want to enjoy continued public support."

For information, call Howell at (740) 283-3347, extension 132.

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