W-G to put a 4.9-mill renewal levy on May ballot

WAYNESFIELD —  Waynesfield-Goshen School Board members agreed to put a 4.9-mill renewal levy on the ballot in the May primary election.

The levy, which has been in place since 1988, funds permanent improvements for items such as grounds, buses, equipment, and technology. While voters passed the levy at 4.9 mills, the levy generates approximately $196,000 per year and has rolled back to an effective rate of approximately 3.3 mills, meaning it currently cost a homeowner with a $100,000 home approximately $116 per year.

“We are in pretty good shape if we stay the same,” Superintendent Chris Pfister said. “We are having a Finance Committee meeting prior to the February meeting to discuss it.”

Much of the money that would be generated by the renewal has been earmarked for purchases over the next several years. A new roof is needed on the district’s administration building. The current roof had a life expectancy of 15 years and was installed 22 years ago. Current estimates have the roof costing about $75,000 to $85,000. Other projects include new bus purchases every other year for the next 10 years, a new van, building maintenance and repair, and new computers once OGT tests are required to be all taken online as early as 2013-2014.

Administrators have narrowed down a large number of applicants for the varsity football coach position and began conducting interviews Wednesday for the position. Applicants were interviewed from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday and again will be interviewed Jan. 23 during the same hours.

Other coaching positions also were filled, as Wes Bright was hired as the new varsity baseball coach and Tom Schultz as the new varsity softball coach. Jocelyn Hennon was hired as the junior high track and field coach, and assistants for each sport were also secured. The hirings leave the board still looking for a varsity volleyball coach next season.

The state is set to release its distributed funds to schools Feb. 4, and the board feels it is solvent as long as funds do not decrease when released.