September 14, 2008

Hillsdale Board OKs Appropriations



Record Correspondent

HILLSDALE DISTRICT -- The Hillsdale school board approved annual appropriations of nearly $12.7 million for the fiscal year from July 1 to June 30, 2009, up from $12.1 million a year ago.

General fund appropriations were about $9.7 million compared to slightly more than $9.2 million last year. The permanent improvement fund was appropriated at $176,700 up nearly $4,000.

The board also passed a resolution of acceptance into the Ohio School Facilities Commission program. The board authorized the Ashland County Budget Commission to move 0.5 mills of the district's inside millage to the permanent improvement fund to fulfill an OSFC requirement for maintenance funds for the proposed K-12 building.

Supplemental contacts were granted to Patty Gortner (Power of the Pen) and Todd Miller (junior high history fair and competition days). Five teachers were moved up the salary scale due to advanced training and five names were added to the classified substitutes list. Sara Huff, Twila Bach and Scarlett Raines will coordinate elementary and middle school fundraisers. Lindsay Bowen was granted a stipend from an agricultural fifth-quarter grant.

Grants accepted include $5,000 from Education Management Information Systems and $2,927 from the Martha Holden Jennings "Claymation" grant. Donations were $1,800 from Joe Brightbill for the Hillsdale Middle School physical education program, $400 from the Athletic Boosters Club into the athletic fund and $200 from Jeromesville CARES to help pay students' school fees.

Plans for the bond issue campaign were discussed. District officials said they hope to raise $1 million for the local share of construction costs on a new K-12 school building with a 28-year, 8.8- mill bond levy that will cost the owner of a $100,000 home and additional $265 annually. Brochures will be mailed and "Ask Me" tables will also be set up at Hillsdale sporting events.

"It's important that voters make an informed decision, know the facts and do what is right for themselves and the district," said Board President Ted Sours.

Originally published by By BONNIE TAYLOR Record Correspondent.

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