ENGLEWOOD — During the regular meeting of the Northmont Board of Education, a Resolution of Necessity was passed by the Board regarding the placement of a 5.9 mil operating levy on the March ballot. The state biennial budget shows a loss of $3.5 million that was initially expected and the last two tax reappraisals showed a loss of $1.3 million.
“We live in a state that makes it impossible for growth regarding school funding,” said Board President Linda Blum. “We have to be mindful of our taxpayers, so I am in favor of accepting a recommendation of 5.9 mils for 5 years.”
According to Board Member Tom Walker, “We will continue to speak to our representatives to assure that we don’t lose any more funding.”
Board Member Gerry Espeleta commented about how proud he is of the stewardship of the staff and how committed they are to excellence.
Board members enjoyed a slideshow and presentation by several Englewood Hills Elementary students in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the school.
The students discussed several projects that they have been working on such as “Fashion in the ‘60s” and other facts that they’ve researched. The slideshow consisted of pictures of students dressed in tie-dye and other standout fashions from that time period that were taken at the annual fall barbecue. On Wednesday, September 30, at the Community Breakfast, all grade levels will be represented by the research they did in preparation for the celebrations.
Assistant Superintendent Tony Thomas presented information to the board about a pilot project at Northmont Middle School that is a partnership with Miami Valley Career Technology Center. This program will offer career technical courses to middle school students and give them more options in choosing their path toward career or college.
In the Superintendent’s Report, Dr. Zatik thanked Mr. Thomas for arranging a schedule for the Ohio Speaker of the House, Cliff Rosenberger, when he visited last week. Mr. Rosenberger and his staff visited with a high school government class, enjoyed an elementary barbecue, and were part of a round table discussion with the superintendent’s core cabinet and board members. The speaker, as well as Representatives Mike Henne and Jeff Rezabek, discussed school funding and charter school accountability.
Student Board Representative Samantha Johnson shared the goings on in the buildings across the district in her report.
Englewood Elementary second graders are taking a walking tour of Englewood this week in alignment with the social studies standards. They will visit the library, police, and fire departments, as well as a bank and a restaurant.
Englewood Hills is hosting the Community Breakfast on Wednesday, September 30. This event will be the final celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the building. The students did grade level projects about the 1960s to present at the breakfast.
The Kleptz Early Learning Center had its Watch D.O.G.S. Kickoff event last week and will be hosting the Community Breakfast on Wednesday, October 14 at 9:30 a.m. The public is invited to attend.
Northmoor will have their yard cleanup day this Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m. Families and staff will be busy cleaning up the grounds, planting bulbs, and spray-painting picnic benches.
Northwood had a very successful fall barbecue.
Union Elementary had a wonderful sub sale! Sub making for the 4500 subs will be October 8 and 9.
The Middle School gym floor is finally complete and has received many compliments.
Volleyball and Football have homes games this week. The High School is preparing for the many Homecoming activities. The annual Powder Puff game is Wednesday, October 7. The Parade and bonfire will take place on Thursday, October 8 beginning at 6 p.m. The theme for Homecoming is “Last Dance” because it will be the last dance in the old high school building. All of the school buildings throughout the district will be enjoying Spirit Week October 5-8.