ENGLEWOOD — Montgomery County Auditor Karl Keith shared detailed information about the state of the county and the financial effect on Northmont City Schools during the Board meeting at the Kleptz Early Learning Center on October 26.
In his review of recent valuation cycles, Mr. Keith spoke about the county tax revenue decline of more than $25 million in 2011 and another $5.3 million in 2014. Mr. Keith also explained that capped tax levies cannot rise above voter approved millage, even if values rise. If values are reduced, the reduction is permanent, even if values go back up.
Currently, Northmont’s levies are mostly capped and because of reductions, they are not collecting the voted upon millage. The presentation ended with Mr. Keith stating that the future is “not entirely bleak.” Home sales in this area have been rebounding.
In a special report from Student Service Director Leslie Hobbs, residency and how it is addressed by Northmont City Schools was the topic.
“Residency is established at the time of enrollment and when a family moves within the district,” according to Mrs. Hobbs.
The Power Point presentation was very thorough in covering the law, as well as the exceptions to the rule. The District investigates every tip or residency concern by gathering evidence from a variety of sources. According to Mrs. Hobbs, “during the first quarter of this school year, 40 residency concerns have been investigated with 22 students being withdrawn for falsified residency.”
Four volunteers were recognized for their dedication and assistance at the Kleptz Early Learning Center. Dr. Sarah Zatik presented the Superintendent’s Helping Hands awards to Jackie Spraley, Mary Krueger, and Kim Long. Jenna Fister was unable to attend.
During the visitors, communications and recognitions portion of the meeting, Erica Reck invited the Board to attend the Fall Athletic Awards on November 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the High School. As the Junior Class Representative for the Thunderback Club, Ms. Reck felt that it was important to share with the Board the great things happening in the football program at Northmont.
Student Board Representative Samantha Johnson reported on the activities around the District. All buildings are gearing up for Halloween and Harvest Parties and the High School is having a costume contest.
*Englewood Elementary – planning for a field trip to the Philharmonic this week. Classes are working through the cycles of Project Based Learning and students will present their work later this week.
* Englewood Hills – COSI will be presenting Astounding Astronomy on Thursday, thanks to a grant from the PTO.
*KELC – having a canned food drive for F.I.S.H. and collecting small stuffed animals for the Community Table Christmas Store.
*Northmoor – There is a new group called Parent Academic Volunteers that is a group of selected parents who volunteer one day per week to teach a scripted reading program to struggling readers.
*Northwood – celebrated Grandparents lunch and Book Fair last week.
*Union Elementary – Annual Harvest Parade will be Friday at 2:15. The fifth grade is going to Glen Helen November 4-6.
*Middle School – River Valley Credit Union and WDTN selected Jake Myers, MS Health teacher, as Teacher of the Month.
*High School – Northmont Drama Club fall show, Moon Over Buffalo, premiers on Thursday, October 29 and runs through Saturday, October 31 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5. Boys and girls basketball tryouts begin this Friday. College Week is next week.